It’s quicker to cycle from Beerwah to Caboolture than it is to travel with Queensland Rail or Translink
What is most concerning about this truth is that Public transport from Beerwah using Queensland Rail or Translink is woefully inadequate when at 4pm on any weekday it’s evidently quicker to cycle from Beerwah to Caboolture than it is to wait for the next train or bus service after 3:49pm train. It’s therefore little wonder that commuters are reluctant to use public transport facilities.
This article about a Beerwah resident, (Matthew) who has proved that if you do catch the train on time, there a good chance you will get to your destination (Cabooluture) too late to catch to catch the next scheduled service to Brisbane,
Matthew has even gone so far so to prove that it’s both quicker and cheaper to cycle to Caboolture after both the 3:45pm and the 4:45pm service than it is to wait for the next connecting service.
Queensland Rail Trains and Buses are frequently late: Trains departing late inevitably result in the commuter missing his or her connecting train at Caboolture (which surprisingly departs on time, leaving you stranded in Caboolture, (which on any day of the week is an unpleasant experience), and you can often spend up to an hour at Caboolture station waiting of a connecting service to Brisbane.
It all started when the 4:45pm, (weekday bus) was repeatedly late arriving and leaving Beerwah and Matthews complaints to Translink proved to be ineffective and so he resorted to Twitter and Social Media, which surprisingly yielded a little more success, at least Translink and Queensland Rail were communicating using social media, and although they monitor there social networks they remain dismissive about Matthews complaints and unfortunately blamed each other for delay.
So here is the evidence:
Matthew misses the train, lucky he has his 20 year old mountain bike with him, so he chooses to ride to Caboolture and believe not he arrives at Caboolture 18minutes before the Translink bus, which incidentally still arrived late at Caboolture, the Translink Bus arrived 12 minutes late, so had Matthew relied on the Translink Bus service he might well have missed the next connecting train to Brisbane.
The 3:49PM Train Service Departing, (yes it was late departing)
- A devastating experience that southern commuters would not understand… missing a train! but even so the train was running 3 minutes late
Missing the train is always a frustrating experience, however if you miss a train from Beerwah between 4pm and 6 pm, it should be reasonably easy to catch another however, from Beerwah missing a train will cause you very long delays, and if you are an adolescent this can be unnecessarily frustrating and stressful for both the adolescent and the parents picking theme up at either end. You can check Matthews Twitter Account here. http://Twitter.com/matthewgibbo
2. A photo of the timetable showing that the next service wasn’t due for approx. 1 hour! (thank you to QR for highlighting it… pure coincidence)
So here is the afternoon timetable from Beerwah to Caboolture, and the gaps are an hour apart.
3. A screenshot of Matthew’s runkeeper route showing that this did indeed happen. Note that it actually started at 3:54 because the service he was supposed to “miss” was actually late!
So here we see that Matthew cycled from Beerwah to Caboolture, leaving Beerwah at 4:54pm and arriving in Caboolture at 1 hour and 17 minutes later, and he still arrived 18 minutes before the Bus Service arrived in Caboolture. This is poor show Translink and Queensland Rail!
4. A picture of the bus arriving at Caboolture with his bicycle (a 20year old mountain bike) in the foreground
Evidence that Matthew arrived 18 minutes before the bus services arrived,
5. A picture of my Matthews well earned Macca’s dinner where h spent some the money he saved by not catching the train/bus.
Matthews suddenly a little richer and lot fitter, choose to indulge at McDonalds and buy himself dinner.
A week of ACTUAL arrival times.
The above shows one weeks worth of actual times, for one week Matthew recorded the actual arrival time for each of the stations between Beerwah and Caboolture for the arrival, yet Translink and Queensland still don’t take these complaints seriously. – you can see clearly that there is a wide variance.
Its important to the residents of the Sunshine Coast that these services run to schedule and that they consider scheduling more services… Ideally, this would involve continuing the track duplication beyond Beerburrum so that these extra services could be trains.
The Joke of course is that at the present time all of the candidates for Sunshine Coast Division 1 – Councillor Rick Baberowski and Candidate for Division 1, Rod Jones – Peter Robinsons and Dave Ritson all show support for the light rail link from Beerwah to Caloundra and Marrochydore but what would be the point if we can’t even get the existing trains and bus services to work reliably and affordably?
Here are their phone numbers and emails addresses , why not give them a call or send them an email if you have issues with public transport for man too. Councillor Rick Baberowski Councillor Rick Baberowski and Candidate for Division 1, Rick Baberowski 0499 950 525 – firstname.lastname@example.org, Rod Jones – 0409 951 988 – Jones_Rod@y7mail.com, Peter Robinsons 0456 205 115 – email@example.com and Dave Ritson 0417 636 696 – firstname.lastname@example.org
I have another story about a local student who commutes from Beerwah to Brisbane to attend to University of Queensland, this young student has only been using the rail service for the past 2 weeks and already has had enough of public transport. – I will share this story in a few days.
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Thanks Matthew for the article.
You might also enjoy Case Study #1 http://www.glasshousecountry.com/queensland-rail-translink-travel-concerns-beerwah-case-1/
Ryan Ashley Cox says
Rees Hatchman Matthew drops some watt bombs. Get this bloke on a TT bike asap.
Lynn Browne says
that is w here my doctor is sometimes l hate going by public transport ,but he is a decent doctor
Melanie Capps says
Yep, and it’s only supposed to get worse once the Redcliffe train line is in operation.
Vivien Csallo says
I work in Brisbane – and have caught the train to and from work each work day for almost 10 years. Not only is the service downright dodgy at times – but the Sunshine Coast keeps getting screwed when it comes to timetabling. More and more they are trying to reduce our express services – and keep adding stops in and around Petrie etc. Even when Petrie (and Caboolture) already have very frequent trains departing in peak times. There is a clear line of demarcation north of Caboolture – very evident with TransLink/QLDRail. Even with notifications of problems they often just send it out as “Caboolture”. At the end of the day – no government of either flavour has cared about the Sunny Coast. Because it is a very safe Liberal area, Labour doesn’t bother giving us the “perks” of rail duplication – and when the Liberals were in they knew they had the area in the bag so they didn’t really need to do anything extra to keep us happy. The only time we heard from them was when days out from the last election it was suddenly back on their agenda (but with a huge caveat of “only if we get in”.) Local government has very limited powers in advocating for us. There are also issues with them physically just not having enough trains also – hence the ridiculous 3 car services that run on occasion. And all this for over $100 per week. Diabolical.
Marissa Flier says
Well I can’t cycle I need the train because I have a baby under 1. It would be nice for on time trains but most of the time it is on time. Like everywhere else it can get busy but that isn’t translinks fault.
Matthew James Gibson says
I agree… cycling isn’t really an option for anyone… Beerburrum road is frightful!
There 13 649 Rail buses each way that TransLink are directly responsible for and according to their reply on twitter, schedules are to be strictly adhered to, so whilst it may not be their fault, if it’s repeatedly late, Translink are the ones who are going to look bad.
Vivien Csallo says
Marissa it’s not really the fact that they may run a few mins late – it’s that the connections are often too tight – and/or the connecting service doesn’t usually wait any more.
Not too long ago – if a bus for example was just running 2 mins or so behind – they would hold the train. There is (surprisingly)some time built in to the schedule (especially between Caboolture and Landsborough) where they can make up a few minutes. You’ll often notice the trains will sit at one of these stations for a couple of minutes as they are ahead of schedule. Where TransLink very much falls down is in this area. This is clearly evidenced by the local bus service between Landsborough, Beerwah and Maleny in the morning that wasn’t timetabled to get to Landsborough station until 2 minutes after the train was due to leave. And they wondered why no one used the service.
Andrew Hogberg says
Having ridden this route many a time Beerburrum Road is an unsafe place to be on a bike, no shoulder and 100km/h zone with unsafe passing on crests, Not an alternative I would consider unless the road was widened. Fix both!
Monica Beverstock says
I’m in no way surprised Mike.
Danielle Rohrich says
Can’t get home on weekend from concerts or anything after 945
New here and yes am disappointed with public transport
Jason Eade says
No surprise local politicians don’t comment.