SEQ beats Sydney and Melbourne in train time stakes

SOUTH-EAST Queensland's rail peak on-time running figures are better than Sydney and Melbourne, the Queensland Government says.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson said more than 96% of peak services arrived at their destinations on time in the past financial year, which also recorded an extra million trips taken across the network.

This compared to 94.2% in Sydney's 2012-13 published results for peak times and 92.1% for all services in Melbourne's 2012-13 records.

Mr Emerson said it was the best performance Queensland had recorded and was now the "best on-time running in any metro system in Australia".

On time means trains arrive within 3.59 minutes of the timetable, or 5.59 minutes for Gold Coast, Rosewood and Sunshine Coast services.

Premier Campbell Newman said the five-minute allowance for Sydney and Melbourne on-time criteria put Queensland even further ahead.

"We have improved on our record from the previous financial year that saw trains arrive on time during peak periods 93% of the time," he said.

"It is terrific news because it means mums and dads getting home to their families, their kids more quickly.

"It means 20,000 people are getting home on time that weren't before."

"It is about the human dimension, it is about people enjoying a quality of life and knowing they can rely on the rail network."

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