Public transport free for a week
AFTER two days of isolation with train and bus services cut, public transport returned to Ipswich yesterday but road closures across the region continued to cause headaches for commuters.
Transport Minister Rachel Nolan said trains were able to run to the Sherwood station, with shuttle buses stopping at all stations through to Ipswich, except Goodna and Gailes.
“Goodna and Gailes train stations remain closed, as well as the Rosewood train line,” Ms Nolan said.
“Inspections are yet to be made, but Queensland Rail expects there will be substantial damage to the train infrastructure, particularly around Gailes and Goodna stations.”
Ipswich buses and FlexiLink services were also running again, with some route diversions and cancellations.
Ms Nolan said Westside buses had some flooding at its Laidley depot, with buses moved around its depots to protect them from rising waters.
Premier Anna Bligh yesterday announced public transport would be free for a week to help with the initial flood recovery. Ms Nolan said the measure was intended to assist the flood recovery.
“Let me be clear. This isn’t a ticket to rubber-neck. It remains the case that non-essential travel is not encouraged,” she said.
“I know it’s not a lot compared to what some people have lost but every little bit helps.”
She said planned fare rises would still go ahead when fares were reinstituted from January 22.
Meanwhile, drivers experienced frustration yesterday with key roads still closed.
The Warrego Highway at Dinmore remained closed between Riverview and Kholo Roads and also between Minden and Marburg.
The left lane eastbound on the highway was also closed at Helidon due to pavement damage.
Colleges Crossing was also closed, as was the Mt Crosby Weir between Allawah Road and Stumers Road due to water releases from Wivenhoe Dam.
The Centenary Highway was closed northbound at Jindalee and southbound at Mount Ommaney.
For information on roads call 13 19 40 or visit www.131940.qld.gov.au.