Join our unity ticket supporting:
- Duplicating and upgrading the existing North Coast Line, north of Beerburrum; and
- Introducing fast rail between Brisbane, Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast
Duplicating the existing North Coast Line is a long standing aspiration of the Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast regions. While the long term plan is to duplicate between Beerburrum and Nambour, the immediate need is the stretch between Beerburrum and Landsbough - so that freight can be taken off the line, allowing passenger trains to run more frequently and reliably. On 3 May 2018, the Federal Government committed $390 million to this project - see the Deputy Prime Minister's media release here. This represents 50% of the project cost as submitted by the Queensland State Government to Infrastructure Australia, with the remaining 50% to come from the State.
Introducing fast rail between Brisbane, Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast builds on the plan for duplication and is being progressed under the 'North Coast Connect' project. This project would require upgrades to the existing North Coast Line between Brisbane and Nambour, and the creation of a new rail line from Beerwah to Maroochydore.
Duplicating the existing North Coast Line north of Beerburrum and delivering fast rail will transform this part of South East Queensland; significantly decreasing travel times, easing congestion on the Bruce Highway, increasing freight movements, revitalising old railway towns and improving housing affordability.