|QR's NGR train - where's the guard?|
Queensland Rail's (QR) New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) trains will all be 6-cars long. It is rumoured that the LNP Newman government made no provision for guards on the NGR trains, despite eliminating guards within such a short time frame being completely unrealistic. QR have since scrambled to modify the trains design to allow for guards, however this will result in the guard being located at the back of the 6-car train, not the middle.
|Disabled waiting location - 70m from guard location!|
- Guards able to operate the doors from any location on the train (as on some UK trains) - but does the train have technical provision for this?
- Station staff to assist disabled passengers - but staffing is inconsistent between stations, or will extra station staff be required at extra cost?
- Additional customer service staff in the middle of NGR trains - also with extra staffing costs?
At a time when many rail operators are eliminating guards to improve efficiency, it seems that QR may have to increase the number of guards or customer service staff to fix this design issue. Has anyone informed our "head in sand" Transport Minister Mr Hinchliffe yet?