Train chaos: Rail cancellations, updates and jobs

There is more commuter chaos expected across south-east Queensland this morning with about 30 train services cancelled due to a train driver shortage.

An interim timetable starts from today and will last for around two weeks. Under the new timetable, the following alterations have been made.

Queensland Rail reports that "these alterations have been selected based on least impact, where there is low patronage and a minimised delay to the next service."

The delays come after the new Redcliffe Peninsula line opened without enough drivers to service it.

There is now an urgent recruitment process underway to train more drivers and guards.

It is estimated that about 100 drivers and 100 guards are required to fill the deficit and that it will take about 12 months to train the new staff.

In the short term to get through this crisis Queensland Rail will rely on current staff doing overtime.

On the political front, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ordered an investigation into the debacle and there is also pressure on her transport minister, Stirling Hinchliffe.

Fortunately for both Queensland Rail chief executive Helen Gluer has accepted responsibility for the disruption.

"This is my fault, this is Queensland Rail's fault and we had unrealistic expectations of what crewing we needed to actually deliver this timetable," she said.

Ms Gluer went on to add that commuters should keep checking the Translink website for updates.



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