193 weekly six-car upgrades hit the track for greater customer comfort

With the continued rollout of New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) boosting the capacity of the South East Queensland (SEQ) train fleet, Queensland Rail will upgrade 193 weekly services from three-carriage to six-carriage trains from 3 December 2018.

These improvements will add more than 46,000 extra seats to services across the SEQ network each week, which we hope will lead to greater comfort for our customers during their weekday commute.

We have proactively targeted weekday services for the upgrades to ensure the changes benefit as many customers as possible during the working week when patronage is at its highest, including reducing the number of three-carriage services running in peak times by 70 per cent.

The changes from 3 December will benefit many customers across the SEQ network, with three-carriage services to be upgraded on the Beenleigh, Ferny Grove, Cleveland, Shorncliffe, Doomben and Ipswich lines.

Notably, the popular 6.54am Shorncliffe to Cleveland, 6.55am Ferny Grove to Park Road and 4.18pm Bowen Hills to Cleveland services will be upgraded to six-cars, doubling the number of seats on these services.

A small number of three-carriage trains will still be required to run during morning and afternoon peaks due to current operational restrictions, however each of these will continue to be preceded and followed by a six-carriage train to assist with customer loading.

As further NGR trains are commissioned and enter operation, we hope to be able to continue to make further improvements to three-carriage trains across the network. This work will also take into account other operational factors such as stabling, maintenance schedules, rostering, required fleet contingencies in the event of a network disruption, and the progressive retirement of the EMU and ICE fleet.

We will continue to monitor the remaining weekday services operated by three-carriage sets to consider when any additional improvements could be made in the future.

Current patronage shows the use of three-carriage trains on weekends and on the Rosewood to Ipswich shuttle service is adequately meeting demand.