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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Severe flooding in Queensland affects rail services

TransLink is urging customers to avoid non-essential travel today (Wednesday 12 January) and to stay home where possible in the difficult weather conditions.

TransLink Chief Executive Officer Peter Strachan said bus and train services were continuing to run where possible, however all CityCat and CityFerry services had been cancelled until further notice.

“These are extremely difficult conditions for South East Queensland – we are running essential services where possible but safety remains our number one priority,” Mr Strachan said.

“Severe weather and associated flooding has impacted on all modes of public transport, with bus, ferry and train services all impacted to varying degrees.

“If you are planning to use public transport today or anytime over the next few days, then I would recommend you check that your intended service is still running.

Queensland Rail Chief Executive Officer Paul Scurrah said rising waterways had closed some train lines, and road closures and damage to property throughout the South-East had contributed to a shortage of available rail employees.

“We intend to run trains hourly on all lines, similar to the timetable we operate on Christmas Day. We will also be looking to run other additional services to meet demand as required.

“At this stage we will run services stopping at all stations which will depart at the same time on the hour, however, this is all subject to the weather conditions tomorrow morning and the availability of traincrew.”

“Queensland Rail appreciates that reduced services may cause disruptions but it is simply unavoidable.

“We have a dedicated and experienced team monitoring the situation around the clock and will be work to reopen the network as soon as practicably possible,” Mr Scurrah said.

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