Train toilets too threatening for Brisbane's CBD

Brisbane commuters are currently unable to use bins for fear of terrorist activities.
Brisbane commuters are currently unable to use bins for fear of terrorist activities. Photo: Catherine Lewis

QUEENSLAND Rail staff will be required to check toilets on trains entering Brisbane city for suspicious items as it continues its response to the raised terror threat alert.

Queensland Rail has "closed" rubbish bins at key stations in response to the elevation of the national terror threat alert from moderate to high, even welding some of them shut.

Signs have appeared at several inner-city stations announcing the closures for "safety reasons".

But the elevated alert level also means train toilets will need to checked as services approach the CBD.

Rail Traffic Crew (RTC) have been advised they will not need to lock toilets, but according to a memo obtained by Fairfax Media they will need to conduct "a visual internal inspection of on-board toilets on ALL (sic) services prior to entering the CBD".


Are officials in Brisbane reacting appropriately to the threat of terrorism?

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Yes. The potential harm makes a little inconvenience okay.


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