Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Dow's Solution to Fix Mess; Dedicated Public Transport Authority Needed as 'Rail Fail' Escalates beyond a Joke

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Dow's Solution to Fix Mess; Dedicated Public Transport Authority Needed as 'Rail Fail' Escalates beyond a Joke

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Byline: Joel Gould joel.gould@qt.com.au

IPSWICH-based public transport advocate Robert Dow has launched a scathing attack on the Palaszczuk Government's dire performance at providing a reliable train service while also outlining a vital first step needed to fix the current mess.

The chaos that unfolded on the south-east Queensland train network on Wednesday afternoon at peak hour, which left passengers stranded, was another black mark on a government that Mr Dow said was "losing credibility each day that 'Rail Fail' continues".

The latest debacle has led Mr Dow to reiterate his call for the setting up of a dedicated public transport authority to rectify the situation.

"A government that cannot run trains on time or a full normal service timetable cannot govern Queensland," Mr Dow said.

"There are only so many times a Minister can recite the words 'angry', 'sorry' and 'disappointed'. Continued apologetics over Queensland Rail, and the transport portfolio generally, will not wash with voters.

"We call on the Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad to introduce legislation into the Queensland Parliament to set up a dedicated public transport authority, Public Transport Queensland (PTQ).

"This could be a new agency or one created through the conversion of an existing agency such as the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority.

"All public transport functions and infrastructure assets should also be transferred from the Department of Transport and Main Roads to the new authority. We believe that this is the first step to getting things right."

Mr Dow explained in depth to the QT why the current government structures around public transport were not working.

"We need a proper statutory authority which has the resources, and the actual authority, to deliver public transport for Queensland," he said. …

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