Labor’s rail fail waste worsens

The Labor Palaszczuk Government continues to waste taxpayers’ money at an extraordinary rate to fix their rail fail and there are no signs of it coming to a halt.

It follows new State Government figures which show more than $442,000 was spent on overtime payments for train drivers and rail staff each week, for the past five months.

More than $170.66 million has been wasted by Labor, since rail fail began two and half years ago.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said frustrated commuters still have 472 fewer services each week, the trains are jampacked and on-going cancellations are leaving many motorists frustrated.

“This isn’t an April fool’s joke and certainly no laughing matter,” Ms. Frecklington said.

“More than 170 million dollars has been wasted by the Labor Palaszczuk Government on rail fail.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is out of touch and has no plan to fix it.

“The buck stops with her – and unfortunately commuters aren’t getting bang for their buck.

“What we have here is yet another crisis from the Labor Palaszczuk Government.

“Queensland once enjoyed the most reliable train network in the country, but now under the weak leadership of Annastacia Palaszczuk and her embattled Transport Minister Mark Bailey, it’s gone to rack and ruin.”

Shadow Transport Minister Steve Minnikin said Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to stop the finger pointing and take responsibility.

“Labor’s rail fail is a never-ending story,” Mr. Minnikin said.

“They’re wasting money at an extraordinary rate and not achieving anything.

“Services have been cut, trains aren’t on time and drivers are skipping stations to meet targets.

“Only the LNP has a plan to invest in the network, restore services and clean up the mess left from Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“All Queenslanders want is a reliable service, so they can get to and from work and school on time.”

$52.26M   
Overtime payments made to CityTrain TrainCrew October 2016-February 2019
$1.5M       
“Show up to work” or bonus payments for all QR TrainCrew not to take unnecessary   leave during the two weeks of the Commonwealth Games.
$101.4M   
Strachan Inquiry costs and inquiry implementation costs
$15.3M     
Deloitte consultants’ advice to implement Strachan Inquiry
$193,000  
Legal costs to defend against action by the RTBU to block external recruitment for train crew.

TOTAL
$170.66M

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