Brisbane Train Users - This Is What You Need To Know
Gold Coast train services will triple during the Commonwealth Games in April, while commuters on the rest of the southeast rail network make do with a "summer-like timetable".
The state government released its transport plan for the April 4 to 15 sporting event on Sunday.
Transport and Main Roads minister Mark Bailey said there would be "adjustments" on most train lines to enable Queensland Rail to cater for increased demand on the Gold Coast.
Trains will run every 15 minutes during peak times, every half-hour during off-peak times and hourly on weekends on most lines.
In comparison, the Gold Coast line will run 24-hours a day, as will the light rail and Games' shuttle buses.
Service and timetable changes for the Games in April were announced today, including 24/7 trams, Gold Coast line frequency 10 mins or better and over 4,000 additional Gold Coast bus services https://t.co/qPXbzW94oJ #gamestimetables #GC2018 #queenslandrail #translink #glink pic.twitter.com/VKMdwx6cbw— GetSet2018 (@GetSet2018) February 4, 2018
Transport and Main Roads minister Mark Bailey said the event had been scheduled around Easter and the school holidays when there were 21 per cent fewer people using the rail network.
"It will be a summer-like holiday timetable," he said.
The Beenleigh line will be significantly affected, but Mr Bailey denied the government had broken its commitment not to close any rail lines.
"Every station on the Beenleigh line will have a continuous service provided by us throughout the whole Commonwealth Games timetable," he said.
Only a few stations will be serviced by trains, with high-frequency buses to be used at the rest.
Shadow transport minister Steve Minnikin said the transport plan would mean "chaos" for rail commuters in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast and questioned why it had taken so long to release.
"It doesn't give people a great deal of time to get their head around it," he said.
But Mr Minnikin failed to say what the LNP would have done differently, except "start planning it earlier".