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Qld Rail slashes services over rail crisis

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016 Rachael Burnett

Queensland Rail's reduced timetable, slashing 333 services, will come into force on Monday after weeks of driver shortages.

The southeast's rail network has been forced to cut dozens of train journeys system-wide after the bungled introduction of the Redcliffe Peninsula line.

On Friday, commuters in the southeast were given details of the interim timetable, the second in a fortnight, which will be in place until the end of 2016.

Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, under mounting pressure to resign, dodged questions about his position and insisted the new schedule would be "reliable and consistent".

QR's interim chief executive Neil Scales pledged to train an extra 100 drivers and 100 guards to accommodate the new line.

Mr Scales was appointed after Helen Gluer quit her role as QR's chief executive, admitting planning for the new Redcliffe Peninsula line was seriously flawed.

The line opened on October 4 but with insufficient crews to staff it, causing knock-on effects across the network.

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