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QR confident of no New Year's train chaos

AAP logoAAP 27/12/2016 Stuart Layt

Queensland Rail has assured commuters there will be no repeat of the Christmas Day train chaos on New Year's Eve.

QR was forced to cancel 235 services on Sunday, a third of its timetable, due to rostering issues.

Acting CEO Jim Benstead on Tuesday again apologised for the debacle.

"Queensland Rail is very dynamic, and as situations occurred we had to put in place alternate arrangements for customers," Mr Benstead said.

"I can give an assurance to commuters that we are doing everything possible to ensure that we deliver the services that are required on New Year's Eve through to New Year's Day."

Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said he was disappointed by the Christmas Day bungle, but was much more confident in the planning being put into New Year's Eve services.

"It is something that is planned for many months ahead of time," Mr Hinchliffe said.

"I have a level of confidence at this point in time, and I'm sure that confidence will be deepened by this time tomorrow following a final round of planning."

A planning meeting will be held on Wednesday to finalise staffing and timetable details for New Year's Eve, with Mr Benstead admitting staff may need to be recalled from annual leave and rostered days off.

It comes as Mr Hinchliffe comes under increasing pressure amid the ongoing rail saga.

Acting Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has renewed her party's calls for the premier to sack Mr Hinchliffe, saying it has no confidence in his ability to deliver services on Saturday.

"There was that fateful Friday a few months ago where the trains just didn't show up, then we've had Christmas Day where the trains just didn't show up. What's going to happen on New Years Eve?" Ms Frecklington said.

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