Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson
Labor Failed On Rail Safety
Victor P Taffa
New figures show Queensland’s rail safety and reliability is vastly improving under the Newman Government after Labor oversaw the worst results for more than three years.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the opposition had an appalling record on rail safety and reliability when in government.
“In our first 12 months in office there was a 10 % drop in category A safety incidents compared to the final year under Labor.” Mr. Emerson.
“The last three months under former Transport Minister and now Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk were the worst transport safety figures since July-to-September 2009.”
There were 38 Category A safety incidents in January to March 2012, compared to 20 in the same period this year.
In the final year under Labor there were 126 safety incidents, compared to 114 between April 2012 and March 2013, under the Newman Government.
“In February and March 2012 hundreds of thousands of passengers were disrupted over several days due to network failures under Ms. Palaszczuk’s watch.” Mr. Emerson said.
“We’ve managed to return rail reliability from a three year low in January to March 2012 to an eight year high.”
“Staff numbers in corporate areas such as corporate services, marketing and finance increased by between 60-120 % over the last two years under Labor.”
“I’ve told Queensland Rail to refocus its business on providing more train crew to deliver 150 additional weekly services and reduce the number of back office staff.”
“At the same time we are continuing to ensure the network is safe, with the Department’s rail safety regulator maintaining five investigators the same number as under Labor.” Mr. Emerson said.
Category A incidents range from serious passenger slips and falls to major incidents such as derailments.