TALKING TRACK: LNP Shadow Transport Minister Steve Minnikin with Sunshine Coast LNP MPs Mark McArdle, Dan Purdie, Marty Hunt and Brent Mickelberg.
TALKING TRACK: LNP Shadow Transport Minister Steve Minnikin with Sunshine Coast LNP MPs Mark McArdle, Dan Purdie, Marty Hunt and Brent Mickelberg. Sarah Dionysius

Train 'turmoil' tipped during Commonwealth Games

REDUCED rail services on the Coast during the 2018 Commonwealth Games will cause turmoil, says LNP Shadow Transport Minister Steve Minnikin.

Mr Minnikin said rail services on the Coast were already in need of attention and the reduction would just add further strain.

"At the end of the day, everybody pays their fair share of taxes. It doesn't matter where you live, whether in southeast Queensland or Queensland, period, you deserve to have a decent, reliable freight network and passenger network," he said.

"The people of the Sunshine Coast need a reliable passenger network and they are not getting it at the moment and heaven help them with what's going to happen during the Commonwealth Games."

Sunshine Coast LNP MP Mark McArdle said the Coast would be "held captive by Labor's incompetence in regards to the delivery services".

"We know that we will lose up to a third of services per day during the Games and one week post the Games," he said.

"What that means is that those who use those services will now travel on the Bruce Highway. More congestion there and less people on the rail service."

Mr McArdle also predicted businesses at the Landsborough station would be affected by the reduced services.

"Small businesses here (Landsborough station) rely on the people who park here," he said.

"For three weeks they will suffer here, which may not seem like a long period of time but for small business at this time of year it is critical."

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said an extra six million trips would be generated on the southeast Queensland transport system during the Games.

"We always said there would be adjustments across the SEQ network to cater for this increased demand and we thank commuters for their patience during the games," he said.

"This timetable is similar to the usual summer holiday timetable, and will help ensure we keep southeast Queensland moving."


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