PROPOSAL FACT SHEET

NORTH COAST CONNECT

– BRISBANE TO MORETON BAY AND THE SUNSHINE COAST

The North Coast Connect Consortium of SMEC, Stockland, Urbis and KPMG will explore upgrades to the North Coast Rail connection between Brisbane and Nambour as well as a new rail line to Maroochydore, to facilitate faster passenger rail services between Brisbane and the regions of Moreton Bay and  the Sunshine Coast.

Travel times could be reduced from approximately two hours to 45 minutes between Nambour and Brisbane and the trip between Brisbane and Maroochydore is also estimated to take 45 minutes.

The business case undertaken by the North Coast Connect Consortium will assess three stages of work covering corridors between Brisbane, Nambour and Maroochydore:

Stage 1a – involves an upgrade of 64.5km of the North Coast Line from Brisbane to Beerburum through curve easing, level crossings removal and systems upgrade.

Stage 1b – involves an upgrade of 40km of the North Coast Line from Beerburum to Nambour through curve easing, level crossings removal and systems upgrade.  

Stage 2 – involves a new passenger rail service comprising a rail line with 40km of new track from Beerwah to Maroochydore, and including several new stations.

The North Coast Connect Consortium will soon be launching a project website with far more detail and we will provide a link to their website once it is available.


Benefits

  • Improve travel time reliability (from two hours to 45 minutes) and increase capacity.
  • Increase comfort and amenity at stations and on new trains capable of reaching speeds in excess of 160km/hr, with new stations created on the Beerwah to Maroochydore line.
  • Maximise safety for the travelling public on both rail and road including the Bruce Highway.
  • Minimise adverse impacts of transport on the environment.
  • Revitalise historic railway towns like Nambour.
  • Improve connectivity to the surrounding region through integrating public transport services with improved rail.

  • Unlock housing supply and job growth between Brisbane and the regions of Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast; the third most populated region and the fastest growing region in Australia.


Timeframe

The North Coast Connect Consortium is to deliver a business case to the Australian Government in the first half of 2019.

The completed business case will be considered in the context of the Australian Government’s wider infrastructure priorities and future budgets, and any future funding commitments will take into account state and private sector financial support.