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No repeat of Xmas day trains bungle: Trad

AAP logoAAP 29/12/2016 Stuart Layt

Queensland Acting Premier Jackie Trad has reassured commuters that trains on New Year's Eve will run and there won't be a repeat of the Christmas Day bungle.

Ms Trad says she has full confidence in Queensland Rail and Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe to deliver services without a repeat of last weekend, when a third of all services were cancelled with less than 24 hours' notice.

"I can absolutely guarantee this minister is working very hard to make sure the rosters are full and to make sure that Queenslanders can rely on a train service on New Year's Eve to enjoy their celebrations and get home safely," Ms Trad said on Friday.

But she couldn't guarantee every service would run on time.

"There might be a fault on one of the lines, there might be a tragedy on one of the lines, because of these things, because of human nature, you cannot absolutely guarantee that every single train will run as planned," she said.

"But I do know that in terms of (driver) rostering, Mr Hinchliffe and Queensland Rail have absolutely put in every single effort possible to make sure every single roster is full."

Queensland Rail chief operating officer Kevin Wright, who led the department responsible for rostering, resigned on Wednesday evening.

Ms Trad said that was the right decision.

"(Queensland Rail) management needed to take responsibility for that rostering problem and I think that given everything that happened on Christmas Day, the late notification, the spike in cancellations, it was incumbent on the minister to make some hard calls, and I think he made the right call."

A report into the Christmas Day bungle is expected to be handed to Mr Hinchliffe on Friday but won't be released publicly until he reviews it.

Meanwhile, the Strachan inquiry into the overall staffing issues stretching back to September is due to hand down its findings by the end of January, and Ms Trad said she couldn't guarantee that would be released in full.

"There may be some issues relating to confidentiality, I'm not sure; I think he needs an opportunity to receive the report, to review it, and then make that decision."

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