LETTER: Rosewood rail failures making us all give up hope
OF GREAT concern is increasing reports of passengers being forced to seek alternate travel arrangements, particularly with time critical appointments and the like.
There is a steady steam of service non-delivery, particularly out of peak. When a low frequency service is cancelled delays are magnified, with loss of connections.
On November 29, TransLink advised that the 3.16pm Rosewood to Central was cancelled. They advised that the next train to depart Rosewood would be at 3.50pm. In the same advice they also stated that the next Ipswich to Central will depart Ipswich station at 4.07pm. This is an absurd inconsiderate advice, because the 3.50pm Rosewood train arrives at Ipswich at 4.11pm, after the 4.07pm train has left. It is little wonder that passengers are giving up hope with the ongoing Queensland Rail failures. Passengers would have to wait for the 4.37pm Ipswich starter to make a connection.
There has been talk of a new 'summer rail time table'. We think this is just an euphemism for more service cuts. Can this be clarified please?
This past weekend marks the fourth weekend in a row that the battlers west of Ipswich have not had weekend rail services between Ipswich and Rosewood. Very, very disappointing.
It is a terrible outcome that in the space of a couple of months Queensland Rail has become known colloquially as Queensland Fail. And it seems yet more cuts are on the way.
There is an a lack of public reassurance by the authorities that things are being sorted. Whilst there is a vacuum the public will fill that space with their ongoing frustration. The longer this mess continues the worse it will be come election time.
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