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Postby superbossgc » Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:41 am

spotted unknown fleet no with blue citygliders was towed by the truck, by the past off King george square last night.
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Re: Brisbane Transport Observations 2017

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Manmeet Sharma trust fund

Postby Roderick Smith » Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:14 am


January 12 2017 Brisbane digs deep to help slain bus driver Manmeet Sharma's family in India .
Brisbane residents have dug deep to help slain bus driver Manmeet Sharma's family, with more than $90,000 raised to be sent back to India.
Mr Sharma, 29, was burnt to death at Moorooka as he was behind the wheel of his Brisbane City Council bus last October, in an unprovoked attack that sent shockwaves through the Australian and Indian communities, right up to the heads of government.
Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner was deeply affected by Manmeet Sharma's death. Photo: Lisa Maree Williams .
Mr Sharma, known in the Punjabi community as a talented singer, had only been driving Brisbane buses for a few months and had been sending money home to India to assist his family there.
Anthony O'Donohue, 48, has been charged with Mr Sharma's murder and the attempted murder of the 11 passengers on board the route 125 bus.
Brisbane bus driver Manmeet Sharma was killed while on duty in October last year. Photo: Supplied .
It was possible his case would be heard in the Mental Health Court.
Deputy mayor Adrian Schrinner, who was deeply affected by Mr Sharma's death in the days after the attack, said he was surprised by the generosity of people who donated to the fund.
The council set up the fund in November, with a $10,000 donation on behalf of ratepayers. As of Thursday, $90,779.20 had been donated to the fund.
"There wasn't any expectation," Cr Schrinner said.
"This is a unique situation and nothing like this has happened before, and this sort of trust hasn't been set up before.
"Ninety thousand dollars is a fantastic response from the community and you expect people to be touched when something like this happens.
"It goes to show how much the city was affected by what happened in October.
"The Brisbane community has a big heart and this shows the size of that heart."
Cr Schrinner, who as the council's public transport chairman oversaw Mr Sharma's employment, said the biggest donation was of about $25,000, which came from the Indian community following a fundraising day.
Fairfax Media revealed on Thursday that the bus in which Mr Sharma died was in the process of being destroyed and its fleet number, S-1980, had been retired.
Donations could still be made to the Manmeet Sharma Trust to Council Customer Service Centres or via direct debit to:
•Account Name: BCC Manmeet Sharma Trust Fund
•BSB: 064 000
•Account Number: 14715982
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Re: Brisbane Transport Observations 2017

Postby daveeyh » Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:17 pm

Anyone know when 2801 is coming? From previous posts, it was supposed to out and about prior to Christmas.
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Re: Brisbane Transport Observations 2017

Postby superbossgc » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:41 am

another loss of former BCC metroliner in sydney today, it was Telfords.

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Re: Brisbane Transport Observations 2017

Postby superbossgc » Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:35 pm

Confirmed its was 9016 (TV 8308) as ex BT 267.
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Re: Brisbane Transport Observations 2017

Postby WBE-01 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:02 pm

Happy 5th Anniversary today to the Sherwood Bus Depot Official Opening.
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Re: Transport for Brisbane Observations 2017

Postby nbus » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:00 pm

C1813 had been hit by a car @ Broadwater Road and Cresthaven Drive Mansfield just down the road from me.

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Re: Transport for Brisbane Observations 2017

Postby WBE-01 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:43 am

Today on the 07/03/1997 Volvo B10L #547 went into Service for the BCC/BT.
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Re: Transport for Brisbane Observations 2017

Postby TLK » Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:31 pm

WBE-01 wrote:Today on the 07/03/1997 Volvo B10L #547 went into Service for the BCC/BT.

No idea how long it was in service prior to what it's now used for.
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Re: Transport for Brisbane Observations 2017

Postby WBE-01 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:25 am

Today on the 20/03/1986 the following Buses Volvo B10MA/Fuji Artics
Fleet No.394 Rego:394-POK
Fleet No.395 Rego:395-POK entered Service for the BCC Department of Transport.
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Re: Transport for Brisbane Observations 2017

Postby tonyp » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:40 am

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensl ... .html?btis

The public transport bit:
Queensland mayors take multibillion-dollar wish list to Canberra

Brisbane's Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has jumped a plane to Canberra to deliver the city's multibillion-dollar wish list to the federal government. Cr Quirk attended Parliament House on Wednesday as the chair of the Council of Mayors (SEQ) for two days of meetings with key government and opposition representatives to discuss infrastructure investment. It was understood the mayors also intended to use the opportunity to pursue their push for the south-east Queensland region to be the next to partner with the Commonwealth and Queensland government on a "City Deal" funding arrangement.

"Relieving congestion and delivering a public transport system which works for the region remains the firm focus of the SEQ mayors," Cr Quirk. "What SEQ needs is a long-term commitment to infrastructure funding and a solid delivery mechanism - an SEQ City Deal can achieve this. "The Council of Mayors (SEQ) will be heading to Canberra looking for a solid commitment from the Commonwealth to work with the Queensland government and the councils of SEQ to establish Australia's largest City Deal."

The Council of Mayors asked the federal government to commit to funding and supporting, in part or full, the following infrastructure projects:

Public transport

Northern Busway - $2-3 billion

The busway project would have three main stages: Kedron to Chermside, Chermside to Aspley and Aspley to Carseldine.

Eastern Busway to Capalaba - $1.736 billion

The extension of the Eastern Busway to Capalaba would connect to the city rail and bus network and South East Busway. The 2017 Federal Advocacy Document to be discussed at the two-day meeting said the 18 kilometre busway would reduce travel times by up to 20 minutes.

Gold Coast light rail stage 3A - $700 million

Extending the "G" light rail from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads is high on the priority list. Gold Coast City is already undertaking a reference design and preparing a business case for this stage.

South East Busway extension - $250 million

The extension is proposed to connect two hubs and run from Eight Mile Plains to Loganholme.

Manly to Cleveland rail duplication - $180 million

Duplication of the rail line between Manly and Cleveland to allow more frequent services to Brisbane CBD and airport.

Springfield to Ipswich southern rail corridor - $150 million

On the back of the Darra to Springfield corridor it is proposed Springfield to Ipswich rail would further improve accessibility and growth for the areas.

Salisbury to Beaudesert passenger rail - $5 million

This project is in need of the funding for a business case. The 2017 Federal Advocacy Document said the timely delivery of passenger rail was needed to service future growth of areas in the corridor to the south-west of Brisbane.

Toowoomba to Rosewood Passenger bus/rail service - $2.5 million

Funding for a business case was listed in the 2017 Federal Advocacy Document for the proposal of a combination of bus connection to Withcott and fast diesel passenger rail to Rosewood.

I'd like to know why the busways are so incredibily expensive? They rate amongst the most expensive public transport infrastructure projects in Australia and yet they're used only by buses, a low-capacity mode. If you're going to spend that much on infrastructure you should put a railway on it. Or looking at it another way, how much should it cost to build a couple of bus lanes and the occasional bus stop? Something is not right here.
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Re: Transport for Brisbane Observations 2017

Postby ^^__^^ » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:26 am

Is it because they engineer them for future use? Say run a light rail system on them? Also, probably the most expensive part is the land resumptions that would be necessary I think.
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Re: Transport for Brisbane Observations 2017

Postby superbossgc » Tue May 16, 2017 5:41 pm

Today's news of reports of the death bus drivers, they said it will install a new back door emergancy button, because its was only one emergency button in the front, its take 18 months.

BRISBANE’S entire bus fleet will be fitted with two emergency exits after passengers had difficulty escaping when driver Manmeet Sharma was set alight behind the wheel last year.

The move is part of three recommendations outlined in a new report into the bus driver’s death.

Brisbane City Council commissioned Aus Safe Consulting to complete the report into the incident, which occurred on October 28 last year at Moorooka.

All recommendations have been accepted.

Bus driver Manmeet Sharma died at Moorooka last October.
Police allege Anthony O’Donohue threw a flammable device at Mr Sharma, who was killed in the blaze, after the bus was stopped to pick up passengers at Moorooka. O’Donohue’s case has been referred to the mental health court.

The report, completed in April this year, recommended having better signage in buses for how to open doors after passengers struggled to escape as smoke filled the vehicle during the October incident.

It found passengers were likely pushing or pulling the door after pressing the emergency release button instead of sliding it.

With only one emergency window located at the front of the bus, the report found it was difficult for passengers to escape quickly.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said 600 buses of the 1200-vehicle fleet that lacked rear emergency exits would have them installed, which could take up to 18 months.

“Obviously we can’t take great slabs of buses off the road at any given time so obviously we will do that as a rolling program,” Cr Quirk said.

“It will be commencing immediately but it will be an 18-month program to complete it.”

To improve the relationship passengers have with bus drivers, an educational program was recommended that promoted a “more harmonious existence” to reduce threats.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the issue of protective shields had been divisive — including among driver. File picture
Cr Quirk said drivers would be armed with better information on how to respond to potential assaults through training.

“It’s a sad fact that our drivers are faced with volatile situations out there on the network, often with passengers involved,” Cr Quirk said.

The report discussed the idea of installing protective cases around bus drivers but this was considered somewhat controversial because it could increase danger in certain scenarios.

Cr Quirk said: “A lot of bus drivers are divided on this issue because the reality is in their daily role they are out of their seats very often in terms of a single trip.”

Cr Quirk said he would wait for the State Government to complete a separate review into bus driver safety about whether barriers should be installed.

“We will implement those recommendations,” Cr Quirk said.

Council’s public transport boss Adrian Schrinner said the report would be sent to the State Government so it could be considered as part of the broader review.

“We want trips on our bus network to be safe,” Cr Schrinner said.

“We want people to feel safe, drivers to feel safe, so people continue catching public transport. We believe implementing these actions will deliver a safer bus fleet and public transport for our city.”

Police at the scene of an attack on a Brisbance City Council bus driver at Moorooka late last year. Picture: Tara Croser.
Rail, Tram and Bus Union assistant state secretary Tom Brown said he welcomed any measures that increased bus driver safety.

But he wanted council to put on extra security guards for trouble routes until the recommendations could be fully implemented.

“We have been disappointed in the council’s response to our requests for extra security guards,” Mr Brown said.

“It’ll be a while before anything concrete comes from these reports.”

However, he admitted the State Government has failed to put on extra authorised officers, who have the power to fine passengers riding without a ticket.

He said he was disappointed the State Government was yet to release its own safety review.

Opposition Leader Peter Cumming said he supported anything that increased bus driver safety but was also disappointed no security guards would be supplied in the interim.

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Re: Transport for Brisbane Observations 2017

Postby Skyblue1 » Sat May 27, 2017 4:18 pm

Seen a brand new un-numbered and unregistered b7rle from Volgren on the ICB at Hale Street yesterday. Seeing as 2301 is at Virginia would this be part of a new order for BT??
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Re: Transport for Brisbane Observations 2017

Postby Roderick Smith » Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:39 pm

This seems to be a combination of spin, how to lie with statistics, and standard management bleating. Although some causes are beyond management control, management has lost the ability to cope.
How would the cancellations look if the permanent ones were added to each day's figures?
I haven't tried to work out what the coloured graph means: designed to dazzle readers, like the three-shell trick in USA fairground sideshows.


June 11 2017 Queensland Rail data shows cancellations of services stabilising .
Queensland Rail cancellations have improved significantly since the mass disruptions in October that exposed flaws in the organisation.
From mid-October to mid-February, an average of 118 services were cancelled per week.
More videos 'Two years to have enough drivers'.
Transport minister Stirling Hinchliffe resigns as a review into Queensland Rail finds an organisation "reluctant to share bad news". Courtesty ABC News 24
Whereas between mid-February and May, the weekly average dropped to 34, which represents about 0.5 per cent of all scheduled services across the network.
Those figures exclude the last week of March, when the network was impacted by flooding in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, forcing the closure of several lines.
Cancellations appear to have stabilised on the Queensland Rail network after disruptions last year. Photo: Jorge Branco .
But even with the extreme weather event included, the average for the past three months would be 85 cancelled services per week on average.
The Gold Coast, Beenleigh and Shorncliffe lines were the worst-hit by cancellations during the week starting March 27 – the week Cyclone Debbie struck.
Brisbane was pelted with heavy rain in the aftermath of the cyclone from late on March 29.
Across the network, 8.86 per cent of services were cancelled over the week starting March 27.
Some of the damage Queensland Rail workers had to contend with following the rain brought to south-east Queensland by ex-Cyclone Debbie. Photo: Queensland Rail .
This graph of network cancellations shows the network appearing to stabilise, apart from a spike attributed to Cyclone Debbie.
Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Jackie Trad said Queensland Rail was getting back on track. Photo: Chris Hyde.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the figures showed a huge 70 per cent decrease in service cancellations.
Ms Trad said she promised the return of sustainable and reliable services when she became transport minister in February.
"I'm very pleased to report that we are well on our way to achieving that," she said.
"While there is more work to be done, these figures show a very encouraging trend that demonstrates that we are getting Queensland Rail back on track."
Queensland Rail has been under fire since October 21, when 167 services were cancelled and numerous issues were uncovered that led to the wide-ranging Strachan inquiry, several top QR employees resigning and the resignation of transport minister Stirling Hinchliffe, despite being cleared of responsibility.
The saga was sparked following the opening of the Redcliffe Peninsula line on October 4, despite two external agencies warning QR months earlier it did not have enough drivers and guards to meet the increased timetable.
There were also 261 services cancelled on Christmas Day.
A "confluence of infrastructure mishaps and misfires" including storm damage and a broken-down train caused lengthy delays on December 8, leading to more than $300,000 in refunds being paid to commuters.
Commuters also faced delays on January 30 after a telemetry failure on the Redcliffe Peninsula Line.
QR chief executive officer Nick Easy said by implementing the Strachan inquiry recommendations, QR had a much stronger focus on forward planning, managing resources and preventing faults.
Mr Easy said the results of that plan were clear in the new cancellation statistics.
"It's very positive to see service cancellations in steady decline, but it's also important to remember that in any mass transit system in the world, cancellations cannot be completely avoided," he said.
"We will continue to work hard at preventing issues on our trains and track, but from time to time incidents beyond our control do occur, and in those instances our focus is on recovering the network as quickly as safely as possible."
Services can be disrupted by medical emergencies, bridge strikes, extreme weather and police incidents.
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* Given time anything can be improved makes one wonder how it occurred in first instance and why has it lasted so long as it plays a important part in the lives of so many people Dependant on QR to get them to and from work places.
* And yet you still cannot get a train direct from Strathpine to Caboolture. Shame, Jackie Trad, shame!
* With the inception of the Redcliffe line one would have expected the section Petrie to Northgate would have been given a train every 15 minutes off peak. When all express services were removed in a previous timetable QR stated that it saved very little time. They can't have it both ways. But when you consider that QR passenger trains only carry customers you have to wonder if they know what a railway is.
* And what has your comment to do with the story? Ever considered that there may be not enough demand and QR may not know about your personal preferences?
* particularly when one train runs a few minutes late, misses the connection at Petrie, then you face a 30min wait.
* Important to note that these stats don't include services that were removed from the timetables in ~November when they couldn't be delivered following the Redcliffe Peninsula line debacle. Taking a service off the timetable means it isn't a "cancellation", but there's still no train at the station...
* The issue the shortage of train drivers should never occurred. Sydney had the same problem a few years ago.
* Didn't they introduce a new timetable with fewer services, and isn't this what they are measured against?
If so, I would sure hope the percentage cancelations improved.
Having said that it still ain't anything to talk up cause you still stuffed it in the first place.
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It's all roads

Postby Roderick Smith » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:17 pm

Just one throwaway line about 'metro' to appease the masses, and it isn't even a real metro, just a busway.


June 13 2017 $1 billion spend to ease Brisbane's traffic congestion .
Brisbane's road network will receive a $1 billion over the next financial year in a bid to prevent motorists grinding to a halt.
On Tuesday Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said one-third of Brisbane City Council's $3 billion 2017-18 budget due to be delivered on Wednesday would go towards road projects to tackle congestion.
One-third of Brisbane City Council's $3 billion 2017-18 budget due to be delivered on Wednesday would go towards road projects to tackle congestion. Photo: Glenn Hunt .
"If we don't keep the infrastructure build-up what happens is you get more and more delays out on the road network and there is a cost associated with that," Cr Quirk said.
"There is the direct business cost that could grow to $4 billion to $6 billion ... and then there's the lifestyle cost for Brisbane people.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said one third of the 2017-2018 Brisbane City Council budget would be spent on tackling traffic congestion. Photo: Chris Hyde .
"Over the coming year, some major milestones will be achieved in council's package of road projects tackling congestion."
The $1 billion 2017-18 spend will be put towards 39 major road projects, 250 minor projects and the resurfacing of 650 streets.
Major projects and 2017-18 funding:
•Kingsford Smith Drive - $223 million
•Telegraph Road (stage 1a, 1b and 2) - $81 million •Wynnum Road (stage 1 and 1b) - $30 million •Inner City Bypass - $10 million The minor projects will include works such as right-hand turn pockets and line markings.
"If there is one thing that people tell me out around the streets of Brisbane, they want us to keep up with the infrastructure build," Cr Quirk said.
He said the resurfacing of 650 streets was a record.
"I cannot recall a time in my time in council where we've resealed so many roads," he said.
"This is a major commitment to road resealing."
Major roads to be resurfaced in 2017-2018:
•Algester Road, Algester.
•Beams Road, Carseldine.
•Boundary Road, Camp Hill.
•Creek Road, Murarrie.
•Hamilton Road, Wavell Heights.
•Honour Avenue, Graceville.
•Inala Avenue, Forest Lake.
•Johnson Road, Parkinson.
•Manly Road, Manly.
•Miskin Street, Toowong.
•Newmarket Road, Enoggera.
•Old Cleveland Road, Carindale and Coorparoo.
•Wellington Road, Woolloongabba.
Cr Quirk said the $1 billion did not include works for Brisbane Metro but he would not reveal any further detail on the project.
"Tomorrow I will explain how the Brisbane Metro will be funded and outline the program in association with that," he said.
Other budget commitments include $2.7 million for school safety, $1.9 million for high visibility road warning signage and $43 million for river-based tourism and recreation.
The Brisbane City Council 2017-2018 budget will be delivered at City Hall on Wednesday, June 14.
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River-based tourism

Postby Roderick Smith » Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:58 am

June 14 2017 Quirk blasts bureaucratic 'red tape' stifling Brisbane River tourism .
State government bureaucratic red tape is strangling future tourism growth on the Brisbane River, the city's lord mayor said after handing down his budget on Wednesday.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said he was "terribly frustrated" at faltering plans to have river tourism expanded to places such as North Stradbroke, South Stradbroke and Moreton islands.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk wants tourism operators to have more freedom to use the Brisbane River. Photo: Chris Hyde .
And he found an ally in Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind.
"(Cr Quirk) has certainly hit on a very high priority issue," Mr Gschwind said.
Red tape is stalling Brisbane's river tourism potential: Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said. Photo: Tony Moore .
"I can say with confidence that there are operators who currently offer services in relation to the river are indeed frustrated that further evolution of product is further stymied by complex administrative arrangements and long and tedious processes."
The idea of new super-ferries to Moreton Bay islands, along with other river tourism ideas, have been explored since 2008, but nothing concrete has ever eventuated.
And the Department of State Development is also aware of plans by North Stradbroke Island's Quandamooka people to have Brisbane conference delegates travel on day trips to explore their cultural heritage as a replacement industry for sand mining, but limited progress has been made.
Cr Quirk allocated $18 million over four years for new mooring facilities and marinas on the Brisbane River as Brisbane City Council tried to boost river-based tourism in Brisbane.
"Although international and domestic tourist numbers continue to climb for Brisbane, the river-based tourism and recreation sector is undeveloped," he said.
Tourism figures show more than 7 million tourists come to Brisbane each year and inject $6.3 million into the economy each year.
"River development processes are riddled with bureaucratic approval processes with many fingers in the pie," Cr Quirk said in his budget speech.
"I simply ask other authorities to adopt a 'make it happen' approach in the interests of Brisbane and its future."
“Although international and domestic tourist numbers continue to climb for Brisbane, the river-based tourism and recreation sector is undeveloped.”
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk
In his media conference afterwards, Cr Quirk said there were too many groups with a say in what happened on the Brisbane River.
"What I am saying is that anytime that anyone wants to do something on the river, there are a lot of fingers in the pie," he said.
"And we need to get a spirit of 'can-do', if you like. We need a spirit of 'make it happen' out there on the river."
Cr Quirk said the council was having problems with the state government's Maritime Safety Queensland, and other agencies, as it tried to get approval for new mooring and river marinas.
The council proposes new docks at Teneriffe, Hawthorne, Kurilpa, Brett's Wharf, the University of Queensland, Newstead House and the Bulimba Barracks site.
MSQ must approve all river travel projects.
Cr Quirk said he believed the delays meant it was time for a new approach.
"This isn't something that is new, this is something that has been a real issue for a long period of time," he said.
"In my view, a single river co-ordinating authority is probably a long way overdue.
"I really do think we need to look at a single entity that co-ordinates the approval processes on the river."
Mr Gschwind said Cr Quirk was correct in identifying big problems for river tourism businesses.
He said while huge inroads had been made in using the river, there were "certainly a lot of opportunities that are untapped and under-utilised".
Mr Gschwind said river tourism operators were definitely frustrated by red tape.
"We have very limited access for tourism operators for access for vessels and boats," he said.
"We have untapped opportunities for activity in and near the river that could be explored if we had arrangements which were more conducive to encourage private investment in supportive infrastructure."
MSQ, which formed part of the Department of Main Roads, said through a spokesman that safety on the river had to be its first priority.
The MSQ spokesman said it had to work with two other departments, the Department of Environment and Heritage and the Department of State Development, on any new ideas to use the river.
Queensland's tourism bodies, including Tourism Minister Kate Jones or her department, appeared to have no input to the process.
No relevant state government minister was available for comment Wednesday.
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Re: Peak 'meltdown' on 28.6.17.

Postby Roderick Smith » Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:26 pm

What caused QR commuter chaos on 28.6? June 29, 2017.
QUEENSLAND’S beleaguered rail operator was under fire again last night after an electrical fault shut down the southeast Queensland network, sparking peak-hour chaos and hours of delays.
It is understood a circuit breaker tripped and caused a communications failure which stopped all Queensland Rail services from 5.12pm to 6.30pm, but a lack of information led some commuters to initially fear a security threat.
Last night’s network meltdown is the latest issue for the rail operator, which has been battling to fix a driver shortage responsible for mass service cancellations last year.
Commuters waiting at two of Brisbane’s busiest train stations – Central and Fortitude Valley – last night said they feared it was a security threat and a lack of communication from QR com­pounded their fears.
QR chief executive Nick Easy said the issue was caused by a loss of power at a Mt Coot-tha radio tower and apologised to customers.
“Just after 5pm ... we experienced a communication issue between our Control Centre and our network. Trains were suspended between Central station and Toombul, Doomben, Airport and Mitchelton stations and major delays were experienced across all lines as a consequence.
“Our crews worked as quickly as possible to resolve this issue and communication and services were restored at approximately 6:30pm.
“Our early investigations indicate that the issue was caused by a loss of power at a radio tower on Mount Coot-tha. Our crews were onsite at Mount Coot-tha at approximately 6:20pm and identified that our tower site had lost power. They immediately worked to rectify this and trains were resumed approximately 10 minutes later.
“We will undertake a full investigation to understand the cause of the incident and ensure a similar incident does not happen again.”
This morning, Mr Easy again promised to get to the bottom of last night’s failure, saying Queensland Rail investigators will today look at how a secondary power supply for their Mt Coot-tha communications tower failed.
Mr Easy told ABC Radio there was a “redundancy” system in place if the the primary telecommunication facilities was to lose power, but he is unsure how long it lasted for.
“There still was a problem that had to be rectified so our investigation will have a close look at that,” he said.
“Clearly our objective is to ensure this doesn’t happen again, I am confident that we will be able to get to the bottom of what occurred and ensuring not only the primary but the secondary system will ensure on going communications moving forward.”
Mr Easy reiterated that once Queensland Rail technicians were able to locate the source of the problem, they were able to fix it quite quickly.
“My suspicion here is the investigation will lend itself to what type of warning or alarm systems are in place when you move from a primary to a secondary source,” he said.
While Queensland Rail is in the process of moving towards a digital radio communications system, Mr Easy said it did not contribute at all to yesterday’s failure.
It has also been announced that commuters who travelled on Citytrains after 5pm yesterday will receive refunds on any fares paid.
Opposition transport spokesman Andrew Powell said it was ­unacceptable for the entire rail network to be shut down for so long.
Frustrated customers took to social media to complain about delays at stations all over the region
In a statement issued to the media, Queensland Rail’s Chief Executive Officer Nick Easy said
the issue was caused by a loss of power at a radio tower at Mt Coot-tha.
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