Commuter chaos as Sunshine Coast trains cancelled
UPDATE: The gum tree which came down on the Sunshine Coast rail line has been cleared.
Services between Landsborough and Caboolture have been affected this morning, with some commuters experiencing delays of up to 90 minutes.
City Train executive general manager Nick King told the ABC that the tree had been removed and freight trains were already starting to use the track again.
Mr King expected the line would be fully operational by 11.30am.
EARLIER: A fallen gum tree is to blame for a fault that has sent the Sunshine Coast rail service into chaos.
Translink has announced that trains on the Sunshine Coast line have stopped in both directions after a gum tree fell, damaging overhead power lines near Glasshouse Mountains.
Trains have been suspended between Caboolture and Landsborough stations.
Commuters can expect lengthy delays, with buses replacing trains between Caboolture and Landsborough stations. Translink estimates customers will be delayed for up to 60 minutes.
Wait times will be even longer for anyone travelling from stations between Nambour and Landsborough. A shuttle train will operate between stations to connect commuters to buses, with delays expected of up to 30 minutes.
Technicians are currently working to rectify the power line fault.
UPDATE North Coast Line: crews are working to clear the tree & repair the overhead line equip. Buses are operating Landsborough-Caboolture.— Queensland Rail (@QueenslandRail) August 14, 2017