The Palaszczuk Labor Government is running express into Rail Fail 2.0 with not enough train drivers to manage the timetable, LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander warned today.
“Queensland taxpayers will pay the price because the restored timetable introduced today can only be viable with massive amounts of train driver overtime,” Mr Mander said.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is nowhere near the 200 net new train drivers recommended by the Strachan Report.
“Labor are repeating the mistakes that led to Rail Fail by increasing the number of services without the proper number of train drivers, which severely compromises reliability.
“Labor has failed to learn anything from their first Rail Fail and is risking another network collapse.
“The Strachan inquiry recommended hiring 200 train drivers to restore reliability to the timetable, but only 105 have been hired because Labor’s union allegiances blocked them from recruiting externally.
“Mark Bailey should immediately release the overtime budget so Queenslanders can see how much it is costing them.
“Labor are simply restoring services they already cut because they are desperate for good publicity.”
LNP Shadow Transport Minister Steve Minnikin said Labor had cheated their way out of Rail Fail with massive amounts of train driver overtime.
“The train services introduced today aren’t new – they are merely restored services that Labor slashed when their Rail Fail struck in 2016,” Mr Minnikin said.
“Queensland commuters have suffered through more than 1000 days of Labor’s Rail Fail and they have no confidence it’s going to improve long term.
“Mark Bailey is an embarrassment of a Transport Minister if he thinks this timetable mess is anything to be proud of.”