Trains a no-show for show weekend
THE Ipswich train line will be shut down this weekend for track maintenance, leaving commuters heading to the Ipswich Show to rearrange their travel plans.
The latest closure will be the 14th in the past 16 months and has angered Ipswich Show Society president Marcia Cruickshank and Mayor Paul Pisasale.
Queensland Rail services will be closed from 8pm tomorrow night till Monday morning and replaced by buses.
Preparations are in full swing with show organisers working 15-hour days this week putting up more than 300 exhibits.
Premier Campbell Newman will officially open the show, which is expected to attract more than 25,000 patrons. Mrs Cruickshank said the line closure was news she could do without.
The show society provides a shuttle bus from Ipswich station to the showgrounds and hopes it won't dampen the show's appeal.
"We always have our own shuttle bus from the train station to the showgrounds. We are disappointed because we weren't notified. I really think the something is drastically wrong there," she said.
Cr Paul Pisasale was extremely disappointed the closure could be planned during such an important community event.
"I just could not believe that they would close the track. There is no consideration. Just to look at our events calendar," he said.
"What about all the people from Goodna who come all the way along the train line and rely on the line for the show?
"It's just not on. I'm so disappointed and I will be taking it up with the premier."
A QR spokesman said they tried to avoid obvious clashes, but the work had required significant forward planning and was scheduled months in advance.
QR is advising commuters to allow an extra hour for travel.
For more information got to www.ipswichshow.com.au.
Info to know
The Ipswich Show starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday.
Entry to the show is $15 for adults and $7 for children.
The first Ipswich Show was held in 1866.