|NGR artist impression - the real one still doesn't exist yet!|
Moreton Bay Rail Link (MBRL) is expected to open possibly as early as April 2016. This is likely increase rolling stock requirements as the the current Petrie services will be start or finish at Kippa-Ring, another 14km down the track. Also, there will be additional peak services running every 15 minutes running from Northgate to/from the CBD. Given that none of the "third world built" NGR trains have been delivered, let alone tested and debugged, BrizCommuter is very concerned that the lack of rolling stock issue is only going to get worse. Issues with the guard being moved to the back of the train may also throw a spanner in the works. From the opening of MBRL until there have been sufficient deliveries of the delayed NGRs, expect even more cancellations and 6-car services being replaced by overcrowded 3-car services. More misery for ripped off commuters!
Equally as concerning, is that not enough NGR trains (75 6-car units) have been ordered. Thus even when they have been delivered there will be barely enough trains to replace the existing ageing EMU (43.5 6-car units) and ICE (4ish 6-car units) trains, and cope with MBRL, the new Northgate services, and resolving the overcrowded 3-car service issue. Additional trains are also required for:
- Improving the irregular pm peak frequency on the Ferny Grove Line
- Improving the irregular am and pm peak Gold Coast Line service (also pending Helensvale to Coomera duplication)
- Starting the 15 minute service to Brisbane Airport earlier in the morning
- Extend the (bizarrely early finishing) pm peak express service on the Cleveland Line to run later.
- Minor improvements to other lines (e.g. improved shoulder peak, and peak of peak services).
- Improved off-peak and counter peak services.