Fewer train services on Cleveland line planned for festive season

LESS SERVICES: The temporary services changes begin Monday, December 18 and will last to Sunday, December 21.
LESS SERVICES: The temporary services changes begin Monday, December 18 and will last to Sunday, December 21.

Fewer trains will run on the Cleveland line for more than a month from Monday, December 18 as Queensland Rail plans for a dip in passenger numbers throughout the holiday season.

The temporary services changes, which last through to January 21, include changes to weekdays and weekends timetables.

Redlands commuters can expect 15 minute peak services during weekdays and half-hourly services in off-peak times and weekends.

Hourly services will be run from Saturday, December 23 to Boxing Day and again from Saturday, December 30 to Monday, January 1.

Half-hourly services will be available from 5pm on New Year’s Eve, December 31.

Queensland Rail Chief Executive Officer Nick Easy said the summer timetables, rolled out across south-east Queensland, would help ensure reliable services were provided and stress points managed.

“As we continue to work hard to recruit and train more drivers and guards, our timetable sustainability assessments have previously identified the summer holiday period as a stress point that required proactive management,” he said.

“That’s why we’ve proactively planned for these service changes, to ensure we’re providing a reliable service for our customers during the summer holidays, and effectively deploying our resources to meet reduced demand.”

Mr Easy said the summer changes would maintain bus connectivity and introduce consistent clock-face departure times to make trains easier to catch.

For more information about services, visit Translink at translink.com.au or call 13 12 30.