Tilt train service moved from Wednesdays to Saturdays
A TILT train service will run on Saturdays out of the Maryborough West train station for the first time from September 2.
Maryborough MP Anne Maddern said the service would be moved from Wednesday to Saturday mornings.
She said it would open up opportunities for tourists from Brisbane to visit the regions, as well as giving more opportunity to local people to go to Brisbane for the weekend.
"Passengers will be able to take the Bundaberg Tilt Train service on a Saturday from Maryborough West station at 6.05am and will arrive that morning at Brisbane Roma St at 9.50am," Mrs Maddern said.
"Passengers can return to Maryborough West station the following day on either the 11am Rockhampton or 4.55pm Bundaberg Tilt Train services departing Brisbane.
"The changes will mean people can now go to a football game, attend a show, go shopping or visit friends in Brisbane and get home in time to start the working week.
"It also opens up opportunities for anyone in Brisbane looking to get away to the regions for the weekend.
"In the last financial year, we had more than 200,000 passengers stopping in these regions, and with the addition of a weekend service we expect patronage to grow even more."
Mrs Maddern said she had spoken with Queensland Rail to ensure anyone who relied on the southbound Wednesday service departing Maryborough station at 6.05am, under the previous timetable, would be catered for.
"I understand some people use the Bundaberg Tilt Train service for hospital patient transfers or other medical appointments," she said.
"Queensland Rail contacted hospitals about the changes and they will still be able to transfer patients via the Bundaberg Tilt Train services on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday."
Queensland Rail will be working with other stakeholders, bus operators and customers in the coming weeks to inform them about the changes.
For more information, phone 1800 872 467 or visit www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au.