Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson
Independent Audit Into Reliability Of Queensland Rail’s City Network
Victor P Taffa
The Newman Government has moved quickly to improve the reliability of the city rail network which suffered major failures in the lead up to the State election.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Scott Emerson, said today he had directed his department to conduct an independent audit of the city rail network to assess the reliability and integrity of the network.
“The LNP is a passenger-focused government that is committed to growing patronage.” Mr. Emerson said.
“But for more commuters to choose to take public transport they need to have confidence in the reliability of the rail network.”
The failure of the network on two occasions just prior to the last election left tens of thousands of commuters stranded and late for work.
“Commuters were justifiably annoyed that the system had let them down.” Mr. Emerson said.
“I have now directed the department to conduct an independent audit to find out what went wrong, what circumstances led to the system reaching such an unreliable state and, more importantly, what needs to be done to stop similar failures occurring in the future.”
Mr. Emerson said the audit would focus on the reliability of the rail network, the third plank in the Newman Government’s approach to improving public transport patronage.
“During the election campaign we outlined measures to improve affordability for commuters and to increase the frequency of services through a trial on the Ferny Grove line.”
“Now, I’m pleased to announce we are addressing the issue of reliability.”
“I expect the independent auditor to be appointed by the end of this month, and a report to be finalised by 30 June.”
“An interim report, to be delivered by 31 May, highlighting significant issues which have emerged to that date will also be provided so any urgent remedial action can be implemented without delay.”
“The auditor will be required to conduct complete inspections of the rail infrastructure, including civil structures and track, signalling, telecommunications, and power systems and electrical overheads.”
“I also want the auditor to comment on the relationship between rolling stock maintenance and network issues, as well as review Queensland Rail’s current and future maintenance and capital investment plans for SEQ.”
Mr. Emerson said Queensland Rail will co-operate fully with the audit, and the auditor will be given free access to all previous Queensland Rail reports, audits and studies.