Rail tim­ing among the state’s best

Train punc­tu­al­ity re­vealed in data

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - HAY­DEN JOHN­SON hay­den.john­[email protected]

IP­SWICH com­muters are among the luck­i­est, with new data re­veal­ing the re­gion’s trains are among the best for run­ning on time.

Trains op­er­at­ing on the Spring­field and Ip­swich lines in 2018 were on sched­ule 94.95 and 94 per cent of time re­spec­tively.

Rose­wood was even bet­ter, with 98 per cent of trains ar­riv­ing at the sta­tion on sched­ule.

Rail Back on Track has un­der­taken the ar­du­ous task of com­pil­ing Queens­land Rail data to il­lus­trate per­for­mance.

Spokesman Robert Dow said while the Ip­swich, Spring­field and Rose­wood lines per­formed well on paper, data must be put in con­text.

Trains on the Rose­wood line are as­sessed as be­ing on time if they ar­rive within five min­utes and 59 sec­onds; com­pared with three min­utes and 59 sec­onds re­quired on other lines.

“Rose­wood tends to al­ways come up very well,” Mr Dow said.

“There’s not too many ser­vices and they have a fairly gen­er­ous time to ar­rive.”

Ca­bool­ture and the Red­cliffe Penin­sula line were the worst per­form­ers.

Spring­field, which is linked to the Red­cliffe line, nar­rowly missed QR’s tar­get of 95 per cent on-time ser­vices.

Mr Dow ex­pected Queens­land Rail to run its ser­vices bet­ter than it did in 2018.

“Is­sues such as train re­li­a­bil­ity, pro­longed dwell times, con­ges­tion, sig­nal and track faults, ros­ter­ing is­sues are all im­pact­ing on peak per­for­mance,” he said.

Mr Dow called on Queens­land Rail to make monthly per­for­mance fig­ures for all lines avail­able.

“Let’s make 2019 the year of im­proved trans­parency and hon­esty in pub­lic trans­port cir­cles for Queens­land,” he said.

“We are very tired of the spin and du­plic­i­tous de­cep­tion that has been the hall­mark of re­cent times.”

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