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Queensland Rail slashes 333 services

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016 Rachael Burnett

Queensland Rail has published a reduced timetable, slashing 333 services after weeks of driver shortages and chaos for commuters.

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 were given the second interim timetable in a fortnight, which will be in force from Monday until the end of 2016.

It came after 113 services were cut from the initial interim program, which had already been scaled back.

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

"This is a service level that is lower than the October 4 timetable, that basically didn't deliver for commuters here in the city train network," he said.

QR's interim chief executive Neil Scales says service cuts have been spread across the network.

"We have stabilised the network now and we are going to move forward," Mr Scales said.

He also 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.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath was the latest Queensland minister to defend Mr Hinchcliff and says he wasn't to blame.

"The problem here is not the actions of the minister, it's the actions of an organisation who has failed, fundamentally, to do their job ... to properly advise the government of the day and the shareholding ministers," she told ABC radio.

Ms D'Ath, who is the member for Redcliffe, says no one's angrier than her.

"Our line has come on board - we've waited 132 years for it - and then we find out QRail had not properly put in place the sufficient number of drivers needed."

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