Rail shuttle services start in Australia's flood-affected North Queensland

14:09, January 06, 2011      

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Australia's Queensland Government started daylight rail shuttle services on Thursday between Cairns and Mackay in north Queensland, to help people resume their holidays or get home after flood-related disruptions, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.

Trains between Brisbane and Cairns have been stalled after flooding affected Bundaberg, then Rockhampton and full services are not expected to resume for at least a week.

"The special services were a response to unique circumstances affecting customers in far North Queensland," Acting Transport Minister Paul Lucas said in a statement.

"Unfortunately, the flooding in Central Queensland has had a knock-on effect for many, including disrupted travel plans."

The services will run for at least one week, but could be extended depending on the flooding situation further south.

Source: Xinhua

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