More trains skipping stations to fix QR figures

More Queensland train users are being stranded on platforms thanks to a dramatic rise in the number of stations being ‘skipped’ by QR drivers.

A total of 528 services skipped at least one station in the last seven months, compared to 201 services in the same period in 2017-18 – an increase of 163 per cent.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said station skipping allowed drivers to meet punctuality targets, but caused chaos for fed-up customers.

“QR was the best-run rail network in Australia under the LNP, but it has been run into the ground under Annastacia Palaszczuk,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Passengers are being left behind so QR can fudge its figures.

“Yet again, the Palaszczuk Government is treating passengers with contempt.

“Even after axing 472 train services from the timetable, Labor still can’t run our rail network.”

QR’s own figures show that November 2018 was the worst month for skipped stations, with 98 trains failing to stop for passengers.

QR allows services which skip stations to be recorded as on-time, a practice that Sydney’s TrainLink halted six years ago. QR also excludes weather-related delays from its figures.

LNP Shadow Transport Minister Steve Minnikin said the Palaszczuk Labor Government was fixing its performance figures to hide the scale of its mismanagement.

“Our rail service has become a shambles,” Mr Minnikin said. “Under Labor, we have fewer services, fixed performance figures and trains not even bothering to pick up passengers.

“Yesterday marked 900 days since ‘rail fail’ began and there’s no end in sight for commuters.

“We need 200 drivers to fix rail fail, but so far Labor has only managed to recruit 46.

“The only way we will ever fix our trains is by electing an LNP Government that will make passengers its top priority.”

NB: To view the latest figures, go to the ‘skipped stations’ tab at:

www.queenslandrail.com.au/aboutus/ourperformance/service-punctuality-and-reliability

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