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POWELL MEDIA RELEASE – Transport Minister not interested in attending community forum (31 January 2011)

When proposed changes to the Sunshine Coast rail timetable were made public in November 2010, Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, was inundated with complaints from commuters across the Coast.

“I have the majority of the Sunshine Coast rail stations in the Glass House electorate so the proposed changes will have an enormous impact on residents, not to mention the greater Sunshine Coast population,” Mr Powell stated.

Translink held a community information session in December 2010 and representatives from Translink attempted to justify to the public the reasons for the timetable changes.

“It became clear following this information session how deeply upset commuters were with the changes.  In conjunction with my fellow LNP colleagues we requested that the Minister for Transport and Translink representatives attend a community forum in January to hear first hand how these changes will adversely affect Coast commuters.

“We were advised in writing and by phone that the Minister is not available to attend a forum – essentially sending a message that she really doesn’t care.

“This is just a slap in the face for our Brisbane bound workers and is simply not good enough.  If it is too hard for commuters to catch the earlier or later trains, people will elect to drive to Brisbane instead.

“It is in everyone’s best interest to have a train timetable that encourages commuters to use the service.

“I again call on Minister Nolan to listen to Sunshine Coast commuters’ concerns and amend this draft timetable.”  Mr Powell concluded.

Mr Powell has sponsored an E-Petition demanding that the Government preserve the current timetable.  The epetition closes on 7 February and can be signed at http://ow.ly/3j97k

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