NSW Interstate Passenger Service to make way for local Brisbane CityTrain Services

 

News article: NSW Interstate Passenger Service to make way for local Brisbane CityTrain Services

More train paths will be opened up for Gold Coast commuters following an agreement between Queensland and New South Wales governments to change the timetable of the interstate passenger train.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
More train paths will be opened up for Gold Coast commuters following an agreement between Queensland and New South Wales governments to change the timetable of the interstate passenger train.
NSW Interstate Passenger Service to make way for local Brisbane CityTrain Services


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Arriving into Brisbane at 3:53am??  That's going to be popular?

Regards
Brian

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  XAM2175 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Glasgow
I can't see this as anything other than a move towards killing the Brisbane XPT entirely.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Some people have complained about arriving at 6:30 but this is crazy. What time is it going to leave Sydney? Brisbane is after all a capital city not some small country town.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
There've already done crazy things like replace the Motorail with an XPT and close the Murwillumbah line.

The Sydney to Brisbane XPT always had the advantage for me of being an overnight service.

Changing the schedule as Trainlink proposes would also render the XPT useless as an overnight train to the Tweed and Gold Coast areas. It would also make ongoing connections to the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and Brisbane suburban areas both by train, bus and ferry difficult if not impossible. It would also stop passengers from being able to see the scenery round the border loop area.

So they can't completely stop passengers using the train, they need to make it unpopular.

Wouldn't swapping the Brisbane and Casino XPT schedules around with a few adjustments be a better solution than having odd arrival and departure times?
  Hendikins Junior Train Controller

Location: I'm on ur trainz, announcin' ur stationz!
Well at least QR will be happy. They don't want the thing in the first place, and this is almost as good as getting rid of it entirely.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Curiously it wasn't announced before the federal election.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Curiously it wasn't announced before the federal election.
GeoffreyHansen

What does that have to do with it, it is a state issue. And with an average load of 170 passengers as per the report, it sounds like it is near dead anyway.
  PClark Chief Commissioner

Looks like the age of the long-distance train in Australia is rapidly coming to an end.



In addition to these totally unacceptable changes to the Brisbane XPT’s timings we have recently seen the reduction of the Melbourne-Adelaide “Overland” from three to two services per week.



The other GSR services; “Ghan” and “Indian Pacific”; both now operate only once weekly for the greater part of the year and, in addition, the Brisbane-Cairns service will shortly no longer have sleepers.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine