Extend the Kuranda Scenic Rail to locals with public transport prices!

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Cairns and Kuranda locals would like Queensland Rail to supply a train with local prices to alleviate the Kuranda range traffic.  As a rail system that has only supported tourists for many years, it does not reflect public needs.

Young people are missing out on the history of this railway, the elderly are trapped in Kuranda as they won’t drive the range, the wild life is also not being protected. There have been 3 Cassowaries killed on the Kuranda range in 3 months...and there are regular road accidents.

With a train often empty (including Covid restrictions), and lack of alternatives, a train targeted at locals would contribute to public transport options for locals and encourage movement and business economy.  But more than this, it would also add to the tourist experience, of seeing locals interact, travel and participate in their community. People who move to the area could also catch it and go to work in Cairns or Kuranda! 

Looking ahead, there is the possibility to generate employment.  Cairns has grown, and the tablelands area requires less traffic on the road!

As it is one of the most beautiful rail transits in Australia, should it only be accessible to tourists?

Local health and well-being in the age of Covid 19 require the Queensland Transport Minister to re-evaluate Queensland Rail options for the ‘Kuranda Scenic Rail’ ASAP!

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