Nambour Train Station hours will be cut.
Nambour Train Station hours will be cut. Brett Wortman

Nambour train station hours cut

NAMBOUR train station will no longer be open for 24 hours, despite assurances less than a year ago that it would be.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson announced plans "to end Labor's practice of having stations open when there were no trains or passengers".

Seven stations, Nambour, Caboolture, Petrie, Beenleigh, Ipswich, Manly and Robina, will be affected.

"The seven stations, which are currently staffed when there are no trains between midnight and 4am, will remain staffed from first to last service, seven days a week," Mr Emerson said.

"Overnight security patrols will still operate at the seven stations."

No staff will be made redundant.

Instead staff, including one Sunshine Coast employee, will be redeployed to busier sites at Corinda, Ferny Grove, Indooroopilly and Yeerongpilly to "improve customer service".

In July last year the Daily questioned Mr Emerson about rumoured plans to make Nambour station no longer open for 24 hours.

A spokesman denied the claims.

"Caboolture, Petrie and Nambour stations are staffed 24 hours a day and there are no plans to close these stations for any part of the day," he said.

"We have also promised to double the number of senior network officers providing safety and security across south-east Queensland."

Mr Emerson's spokesman explained the apparent change of heart after a review found Labor had rostered customer service staff on when there were no passengers and no trains.

"Our plan won't see a reduction in the number of staff, rather we are using our resources smarter, allowing more stations to remain open for longer," she said.

Regular commuter Jeff Addison said his first concern was cuts in security at stations could lead to more vandalism and graffiti.

"I understand security is still occurring though," he said.

"The silver lining is there will be no job losses."