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Almost 1000 days since "rail fail" began and waves of cancellations struck, Brisbane commuters will finally have their full train timetable restored.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey announced Queensland Rail will add 430 services and an extra 200,000 seats across the network from Monday, July 29.
Queensland commuters have been dealing with reduced timetables since September 2016.CREDIT:ROBERT SHAKESPEARE
"This will be a 5.5 per cent increase in the trains across south-east Queensland, including 85 extra services during the peak hour, when they're needed the most," he said.
"Commuters will also welcome, we're returning to a full Monday to Friday timetable, consistent every week day, the same timetable, every single day."
The operator will, however, have to achieve that feat without the recommended number of new drivers - 200 - being trained and driving on the south-east Queensland network.
The public transport crisis was sparked following the opening of the Redcliffe Peninsula Line in October 2016, which uncovered a shortage of train drivers and an unsustainable reliance of overtime.
It caused a crunch that led to the sudden cancellation of hundreds of services, including on Christmas Day, with Queensland Rail cutting 462 services under a new timetable in an attempt to restore reliability.
The Strachan inquiry said 200 new drivers were needed to restore reliability to the timetable, setting a deadline of June 30, 2019.
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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