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From ABC News | By Melinda Howells | Posted Mon Jun 6, 2011 10:20am AEST

The Queensland Opposition says some commuters will be worse off under a new train timetable in the state's south-east.

The State Government says it is the biggest overhaul in 15 years and will lead to more seats and increased services on some lines.

Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk says the changes aim to deliver improved reliability on the Sunshine Coast line, which will now operate as a single corridor.

Ms Palaszczuk says there has also been a rationalisation of express services.

"There's going to be more seats for customers, more capacity and more trains," she said.

"What we're going to be seeing in Darra and Indooroopilly are extra morning peak services, extra morning peak seats at Northgate, a simplified timetable, which means better for the customers."

But Opposition spokesman Scott Emerson says a reduction in express services will mean longer journeys for some passengers.

"If you're on the Sunshine Coast, your daily trip could be up to 30 minutes longer and even in some other areas like Corinda or Toowong in Brisbane, you're going to missing out on some of those services you previously had and that's going to make your journey longer," he said.

From Gold Coast Bulletin Matthew Killoran    June 1st, 2011

RISING ticket prices and overcrowded trains were on Shadow Transport Minister Scott Emerson's mind as he rode the Gold Coast line this morning.

Mr Emerson spoke to passengers about their issues with public transport on the 6.49am Airport train when he got on at Helensvale Station.

Some passengers had brought their own stools, with many saying they never expect to get a seat for the 50 minute journey.

Mr Emerson said it was up to the State Government to do something about overcrowding through the budget to be handed down in two weeks time.

The price of a paper train ticket from Helensvale to Central Station is $12.40 and is forecast to increase by 15 per cent a year for the next three years. It costs $8.51 using a go card.

Check out our special report on the Gold Coast line in tomorrow's Gold Coast Bulletin.


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THE LNP connected with Gold Coast rail commuters this morning to hear firsthand concerns with service schedules and chronic overcrowding.

LNP Shadow Transport Minister Scott Emerson joined LNP Member for Coomera Michael Crandon at Helensvale station to meet commuters and catch the 6:49am service to Central.

Mr Emerson and Mr Crandon caught what locals call the ‘Bombay Express’ to experience the overcrowding.

Read more: LNP connects with Gold Coast commuters

"Indooroopilly MP Scott Emerson said he had spent two years pushing the State Government to commit to the minor upgrade.

“It is still unacceptable that (this) upgrade (doesn’t) include a lift to improve access for those with a disability or others including parents with prams,” he said."

Read more: Disabled left out of rail upgrade

IS270411RESEARCHSTATION_t325From The Satellite read the original article here. Chris Owen 17th May 2011

SINCE it was decommissioned last November, the Alan Fletcher Research Station at Magazine Street has become an eyesore in the Sherwood area.

The neglected site, which was once a research centre for the biological control of weeds, is now itself covered in weeds, overgrown grass and mould.

Read more: What will become of the Alan Fletcher Station?

MDM_18-05-2011_ROP_04_MKY170511coaltour_t325Story from the Daily Mercury read the original story here. Tom Williams 18th May 2011

LNP Parliamentary Leader Jeff Seeney has slammed the Labor Government’s commitment to the Mackay region in the past, saying not enough was done to ensure infrastructure kept up with the booming resources industry.

Mr Seeney, along with shadow transport minister Scott Emerson and shadow mining minister Jack Dempsey rounded out their ‘Pit to Port’ tour at Dalrymple and Hay Point coal terminals yesterday after visiting the Jilalan rail complex at Sarina, Goonyella and Coppabella mines and Moranbah.

Mr Seeney said the tour was part of a commitment to consult with Mackay region communities as he puts together an infrastructure blueprint for the whole of Queensland.

“We believe that the infrastructure across Queensland has been neglected under the current Labor Government and one of the challenges in the future for any government will be to catch up on that neglect and to catch up on the infrastructure requirements,” he said.

Mr Seeney said upgrades to roads in Mackay and surrounding areas are well overdue, particularly Nebo Road and the Bruce Highway, both of which he travelled on while in the area, although he could not promise that the region would receive any further funding under a LNP government.

Read more: Not enough to keep up with boom


BLIGH Labor was again showing its skewed priorities slugging commuters who forgot to swipe-off but fining motorists who put lives at risk running level crossings not much more than if they put their feet on train seats.

LNP Shadow Transport Minister Scott Emerson said it was ridiculous for the Bligh government to be chasing down commuters who forget to swipe-off their Go Cards when there were far more serious matters involving public safety.

“This is a government that has its priorities clearly wrong,” Mr Emerson said.

“It’s happy to crackdown honest commuters who accidentally forget to touch off their Go Cards, but then fines motorists who run level crossings and put lives at risk not much more than people who eat in trains or put their feet on the seats.

“Motorists who run red lights and boom gates at level crossings are not only putting their lives at risk, but also those of commuters and rail workers, and risking chaos for road and rail networks.”

Mr Emerson said fare evaders deserved to be penalised, but it was important commuters who made an honest mistake were given the opportunity to pay.

He said apart from better signage at train stations, the government should look at an SMS alert system that advised commuters they had failed to touch off and gave them a 12 hour grace period to pay.

 “Under Labor, it seems honest Queenslanders are the ones always being penalised. The Campbell Newman LNP team will forward plan, not live for the moment. We’ll get the priorities right.”

The Bligh Labor Government must ensure honest commuters who accidentally forget to touch off their go cards are not unfairly caught up in a fare evader crackdown.

LNP Shadow Transport Minister Scott Emerson said while fare evaders deserved to be penalised, it was important commuters who make an honest mistake weren’t unfairly slugged.

“The State Government must have measures in place to ensure the honest commuters who accidentally forget to tag off have a chance to rectify the problem,” he said.

“This could include better signage at train stations and an SMS alert system that advises commuters they had failed to touch off and gives them a 12 hour grace period to pay.”

Mr Emerson said while the new Transport Minister was quick to double penalty fares, she was still dragging her feet on the reintroduction of periodic ticketing.

“We should be encouraging as many people as possible to use public transport and making it easier to use to reduce congestion on our roads,” he said.

“So far, all Labor has done is jack up public transport fares by 15 per cent a year, form yet another committee and double penalty fees.

“When she was appointed, Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk made sympathetic noises about reintroducing monthly, six monthly and 12 month tickets, but she has done nothing since.

“Under Labor, Queensland is always in catch up mode. In stark contrast, the Campbell Newman LNP team will forward plan, not live for the moment.”

Liberal National Party Leader Campbell Newman today announced that the LNP has affirmed its commitment to combatting the surge in speeding in school zones by rolling out flashing speed limit signs across Queensland.

LNP Leader Campbell Newman said the safety of children was a top priority and the Bligh Labor Government was ignoring the alarming increase in motorists fined for speeding through school zones.

“More than 14,000 motorists were fined for speeding through school zones last financial year – a massive 28 per cent increase on 2008/09,” he said.

“The LNP is committed to improving the safety of children and that’s why we’ll spend $10 million over four years to improve the visibility of speed limit signs in school zones.”

“It’s time to stop procrastinating, and start taking action to protect Queensland students.”

Shadow Transport Minister Scott Emerson said former Transport Minister and current Finance Minister ‘racing’ Rachel Nolan had recently been caught speeding through a school zone – her sixth fine since she entered Parliament in 2001.

“Ultimately, motorists have to take responsibility for their actions, but the flashing school zone lights act as an active reminder to slow down,” he said.

Mr Emerson said the LNP’s funding commitment would ensure the flashing school zone signs were installed outside at least 75 Queensland schools per year.

“Schools with a significant crash history, a high level of car and pedestrian traffic, higher speed limits or visibility problems will be among the first schools to receive the electronic signs,” he said.

“Labor’s plan is to simply keep fining people, not put proactive measures in place to stop people speeding through school zones in the first place.”