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QR confident of no NYE train bungles

AAP logoAAP 27/12/2016 Stuart Layt

Queensland Rail has finalised the train timetable for New Year's Eve and says all services will be fully staffed, following emergency meetings.

It comes after a series of rostering bungles, including one on Christmas Day when a third of services were cancelled.

Ahead of the much busier New Year's event, the rail operator held meetings on Wednesday with the transport minister and other authorities such as TransLink to ensure revellers aren't stranded following festivities.

Queensland Rail Acting CEO Jim Benstead says they have put in place a timetable that is fully staffed including contingencies.

"We have additional train crew right at this moment for dealing with a safety net in case of unplanned leave," Mr Benstead said.

"I cannot guarantee that people won't ring in sick, but we do have additional train crews in place to deal with that."

"I'm not going to commit to meeting a timetable to the minute. I want to ensure train services are supporting the demand at the time, to ensure we safely and securely move people out of this event and back to their next area of celebration or back to their homes."

Mr Benstead said there would be fewer services overall than in previous years, however the shortfall would be made up by scheduling fewer inbound services later in the night, ensuring revellers can still leave festivities without unnecessary delays.

Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe attended the meeting and says despite recent bungles, he's pleased with the planning work that has been done for the New Year's event.

"I've been absolutely reassured by the briefings I've had today and the work that has been going on for some months in relation to what is always seen as a peak event for passengers on the public transport network," Mr Hinchliffe said.

Meanwhile, the state opposition is calling for the report into the Christmas Day debacle to be made public.

Acting opposition leader Deb Frecklington says people deserve to know what happened.

"Whatever the debacle was on Christmas Day we don't want a repeat on New Year's Eve, and we need to make sure whatever happened is made public so the commuters of southeast Queensland know what went wrong," Ms Frecklington said.

Mr Hinchliffe said he would have to read the report first.

"I'll then be making decisions about what information is appropriate to be made available from the report."

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