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On Sunday 9 October from 7pm until the last train, tracks between Roma Street and Corinda, and Roma Street and Dutton Park stations, will be closed for maintenance and upgrade works.

During this time, buses will replace trains in both directions - delays of up to 30 minutes are expected.

Train services will return to normal on Monday 10 October.

Improvement works will include:

  • station works at South Brisbane
  • overhead powerline works
  • various maintenance works between Roma Street and Corinda and Dutton Park.

Customers with a disability can call 3606 5555, or SMS 0428 774 656, for assistance.

These works will occur again for the same period on Sunday, 23 October 2011 and then from 9pm until to the last train on Monday 31 October.

Queensland Rail thanks everyone for their patience during this time.

The Bligh Government has admitted its Cross River Rail plan is a sham with no money and no start date for construction, the State Opposition said today.

Speaking on Madonna King’s Party Games on 612 ABC this morning, Labor Minister Neil Roberts said “neither the Federal nor State Government has the money to build Cross River Rail.”

Mr Roberts also confirmed there is no start date for construction of Cross River Rail.

LNP Shadow Minister for Transport Scott Emerson said Labor has known about the rail crisis coming in 2016 for over six years but still has no solution, no plan, and no idea.

"The LNP is the only party with a proposed solution on the table to deal with the 2016 capacity crisis point.

"Our plan would provide up to an extra five years capacity over the Merivale Bridge - and give us valuable time to put longer-term solutions in place," Mr Emerson said. "We need to deal with the 2016 rail crisis before we look at longer-term solutions to increase capacity.

“Labor has confirmed today what we always knew – their Cross River Rail plan is a sham and nothing more than an glossy brochure.

Yesterday, RAIL Back On Track spokesman Robert Dow backed the LNP’s efforts to deal with the 2016 rail crisis.

"Only the LNP has a plan for the looming rail crisis that Labor has failed to plan for.”

Article from Brisbane Times, click here for the original story.

The state Labor government has known since 2005, "if not before", that 2016 would be the crisis year for Brisbane's rail services, Shadow Transport spokesman Scott Emerson said yesterday.

However Brisbane will not get a new river rail crossing until 2020 and the government is counting on timetable improvements and extra carriages to bridge the gap.

Read more: Brisbane trains facing 'crisis year' in 2016

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 The Bligh Labor Government’s public transport bungling will mean thousands of Ekka visitors will still be forced to wait in long queues for trains despite a so-called two ticket solution, the State Opposition said today.

 Shadow Minister for Transport Scott Emerson visited the Ekka on Friday and Sunday and saw firsthand the on-going stress Labor’s decision to abolish return paper tickets was causing commuters.

 “The Ekka is our chance to showcase Brisbane and our public transport system, yet Labor has made the experience memorable for all the wrong reasons,” said Mr Emerson.

 “I saw frustrated parents struggling with tired, young children at the end of their day at the Ekka being forced to wait in long ticketing queues.  The fun of the Ekka clearly had quickly disappeared for them.

 “Labor’s ignorance of the need for short term ticketing options for our public transport system is impacting on one of our major annual tourism events, with People’s Day on Wednesday shaping up as a nightmare for train travellers who don’t have Go Cards.

 “The announcement today that commuters will be able to buy single paper tickets at the start of their journey, to resolve return ticket nightmares, is just a stop-gap solution from a lazy Labor government that always fails to plan ahead and only acts in a crisis,” he said.

 Mr Emerson said the Opposition’s call for a major overhaul of the Go Card system had been backed by Queensland's peak tourism industry body who last week said the Bligh Government’s temporary ticketing stuff up had caused too much confusion and inconvenience for visitors to our River City.

 “The Bligh Government’s Go Card system is too complicated to explain to tourists how to use and is not user-friendly for visitors in Brisbane for one day or two days,” said Mr Emerson.

 “All Labor has done is jack up public transport fares, and hike up taxes to pay for 20 years of rising debt and waste from a tired Labor Government.

 “Worse still, Transport Minister Palaszczuk said in April the government needed to provide tourists with a better public transport ticketing option and promised she would act on commuter concerns before the June state budget but didn’t.

 “Labor’s inaction proves they’re only interested in making our fares more expensive, not fixing the ticketing problem.

 “Under the Bligh Labor Government, public transport fares have gone up and will continue to rise by 15 per cent each year for the next three years.

 “The LNP believes a tourist product that will meet the specific travel needs of short-term visitors needs to be developed in an effort to attract more travellers to the South East corner.

 “A CanDo LNP government will save Queenslanders money and deliver more by getting action on the basics,” Mr Emerson said.

Brisbane’s tourism market is doing it tough and the Bligh Government isn’t helping by making public transport too expensive for tourists, the State Opposition said today.

 Shadow Minister for Transport Scott Emerson said the Bligh Labor Government should be encouraging River City tourists with affordable public transport options, not turning them away.

 “More than six million tourists visit South East Queensland every year and Labor’s solution to help boost Brisbane tourism is to increase public transport fares,” said Mr Emerson.

 “Under the Bligh Labor Government, public transport fares have gone up and will continue to rise by 15 per cent each year for the next three years.

 “Labor’s ever-increasing public transport costs are hardly attractive to tourists.

 “Backpackers especially cannot afford to pay almost $4 every time they jump on a bus, train or ferry.

 “Expensive public transport fares could mean visitors to our River City instead travel elsewhere.

 “The LNP believes a tourist product that will meet the specific travel needs of short-term visitors needs to be developed in an effort to attract more travellers to the South East corner.

 “A CanDo LNP government will work hard to improve our public transport system and encourage tourists to Brisbane,” Mr Emerson said.

  

While the current Bligh government ministers are unapologetic supporters of Canberra’s carbon tax – it’s a total turnaround from state Labor’s stance only a few years, said Shadow Transport Minister Scott Emerson.

In 2006, former Queensland Labor mines minister – Henry Palaszczuk stood up for Queensland when he said “A carbon tax is a tax on coal”.*

Mr Palaszczuk, a 22 year political veteran was a fighter for the Queensland resources industry – unlike the current crop of ALP politicians.

“While the current Labor party is hostage to the Green-dominated Gillard government, old Labor knew full well just what damage a carbon tax would do.  Five years ago, Mr Palaszczuk warned Queensland that ‘A carbon tax could cost Queensland billions of dollars’. 

“While the Bligh government has failed to join the other states in fighting again the tax – Mr Palaszczuk’s prediction that it will make Australian manufacturers less competitive and mean more job losses is set to come true. 

“What’s changed in Queensland since Mr Palaszczuk spoke out on behalf of the Queensland government?

“Nothing, the Queensland Resource Council is still cautioning about the carbon tax and claiming that thousands of jobs will be lost.

“It’s bizarre that this ALP government doesn’t have a clue about the impact of the carbon tax on Queensland.

“Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk (Mr Palaszczuk’s daughter) told Parliament estimates hearings this week ‘we do not know the details of the impact of the carbon price in relation to public transport’.

“It’s time that Premier Bligh and her cabinet listened to former party members and the people of Queensland and stopped toadying up to their Canberra mates.

“The CanDo LNP team will oppose the job-destroying carbon tax – and will fight for Queensland families and businesses.”

 

Labor’s job destroying carbon tax is on track to make our public transport fares even more expensive, the State Opposition said today.

Shadow Transport Minister Scott Emerson said Queensland commuters were likely to follow New South Wales and Victorian public transport users who are bracing themselves for a whopping $150 a year extra whack to their wallets.

“The Bligh Labor Government has already punished Queensland commuters with fare rises of 20 per cent last year and 15 per cent this year, with further increases of 15 per cent each year for the next three years and it’s about to get a whole lot worse because of Labor’s bad tax,” said Mr Emerson.

“I challenged the Transport Minister Anastascia Palaszczuk at the Budget Estimates Hearing yesterday whether Labor’s job destroying carbon tax would inflict more hip pocket pain on Queensland commuters and she didn’t rule it out.

“The Bligh Government has every intention it seems of passing increased public transport costs because of Labor’s carbon tax on to commuters through higher train and bus fares.

“Under Labor fares keep going up, but the service doesn't improve.

“Queensland commuters are some of the real losers because of Labor’s carbon tax.

“Commuters who travel longer distances are likely to be the worst affected and be forced by Labor to pay the most to get to and from work.

“Worse still, the extra revenue from these fares increase will disappear into Labor's escalating debt and budget black hole and not improve our environment or better daily travel for commuters.

“Commuters are already fed up with overcrowded buses and trains that run late and now we’re being double-crossed by the Bligh Labor Government who prioritises their Labor mates in Canberra before Queenslanders.

“A CanDo LNP government will oppose the carbon tax and work hard to improve our public transport system,” Mr Emerson said.

The Bligh Labor Government is ‘heavying’ arts industry organisations by demanding Arts Minister Rachel Nolan’s advisers be present at any meetings with the Opposition.

Shadow Arts Minister Scott Emerson asked the Minister to explain why public servants were making the demands of arts industry organisations.

“What has Minister Nolan got to hide?” asked Mr Emerson.

“The Queensland Arts community are already very tired of Labor’s bureaucratic interference with their creative endeavours.

“Why the paranoia about LNP contact with our State’s valuable and vital arts industry?

“The Bligh government has a long history of bullying and cover up.

“Rachel Nolan is simply following true Labor form.

“Art industry organisations exist to develop their important role in Queensland’s creative and cultural community, not to adhere to Bligh Labor government demands.

“Only the LNP is committed to expanding our world-class arts community.

“A CanDo LNP government will be open and accountable,” Mr Emerson said.

Labor has once again whacked already hard-hit commuters by failing to deliver any public transport fare relief, the State Opposition said today.

Shadow Transport Minister Scott Emerson said Labor has already punished commuters with fare rises of 20 per cent last year and 15 per cent this year, with further increases of 15 per cent each year for the next three years.

“Under Labor fares keep going up, but the service doesn't improve,” said Mr Emerson.

“Despite Transport Minister Anastasia Palaszczuk telling parliament last month she had spoken to the Treasurer about re-introducing the scrapped monthly, six-monthly and 12-monthly tickets, the budget has only delivered more fare increases.

"Labor keeps getting it wrong on public transport and this latest State Budget shows that another dud Minister is in charge,” he said.

Mr Emerson said the Transport Minister has already admitted she will review the bungled $26 million train timetable upgrade she rolled out two weeks ago because of overcrowding and loss of services.

"And honest commuters who accidentally forget to touch off their go cards will also be hit by the Minister's doubling of fines with no measures put in place to ensure those who accidentally forget to tag off have a chance to rectify the problem,” said Mr Emerson.

“These extra costs have gone into Labor's escalating debt and budget black hole rather than improving our public transport services.

“Labor’s $85 billion debt means an interest bill for Queensland taxpayers of $5 billion a year, which equates to about $100 million a week and $595,000 an hour and still Queenslanders do not get an improved public transport service.
“A CanDo LNP government will encourage Queenslanders to use our public transport system and will invest in commuter infrastructure,” Mr Emerson said.