Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Commuters Rattled by Timetable Changes

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Commuters Rattled by Timetable Changes

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Byline: Roxanne McCarty-O'Kane

VIVIEN Csallo will have to spend an extra hour commuting to work in Brisbane if proposed changes to the Queensland Rail timetable are approved.

Audrey Browne says it will add another two hours to her daily commute between Nambour and the city.

And they are not alone.

Hundreds of Coast commuters say the proposed changes will make their lives a nightmare.

Ms Csallo catches the 6.25am train from Landsborough every day and gets into Roma Street Station with just enough time to get to work by 8am.

Under the proposed changes, she will have to leave 20 minutes earlier at 6.06am to arrive at the same time.

But the real kicker for hundreds of Coast commuters are changes to the peak return services from Brisbane a mainly those around 5pm.

When Ms Csallo works until 5pm, she has been able to reach Roma Street in time to catch the 5.16pm train.

But with the proposed changes, this service will leave just a few minutes after 5pm, making it impossible.

Those who miss that service will have to wait another 45 minutes for the next one.

"People who don't have flexible work hours will spend a lot longer getting to and from work," Ms Csallo said.

"At the moment my husband and I have one car and he leaves the same time I do, drops me off and picks me up at the station.

"I have heard of people who have kids who won't have time to drop them off at day care and still make it to the train station and others who have to add an extra half hour on to their journey each way as they are coming from Caloundra or Maroochydore.

"Some people might have to drive to Caboolture and park and ride there, but the carparks are already incredibly full by 7am."

Ms Csallo said the Coast had once again missed out as the majority of the new rail timetable improvements went from Ipswich as far north as Caboolture.

"It seems they have a much better service in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast is always last on the list. City people get six-minute services while the rest of us get screwed," she said.

Tempers flared yesterday at a community forum called to allow Sunshine Coast commuters to discuss the proposed changes. …

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