TRACK DUPLICATION

The Beerburrum to Nambour Rail upgrade project, as identified by Infrastructure Australia as a priority initiative for Australia, incorporates 39kms of the North Coast Rail Line. The project involves duplicating 20kms of rail line from Beerburrum to Landsborough, extending existing passing loops between Landsborough and Nambour, route realignments, level crossing removals, station improvements, and supporting works.

The project comprises the following main scope items:

  • Full rail duplication (two new tracks) on an improved alignment between Beerburrum and Glass House Mountains. 
  • Rail duplication of the section between Glass House Mountains and Landsborough within the existing rail corridor. 
  • New structures (rail bridges, road bridges, drainage structures and retaining walls) to accommodate the new track infrastructure. 
  • Extension of existing passing loops at Landsborough, Eudlo and Woombye stations. 
  • Road realignments to accommodate the new rail corridor and track infrastructure. 
  • Removing level crossings at Barrs Road and Caloundra Street. 
  • Expansion of park and ride facilities at Beerburrum, Landsborough, Palmwoods and Nambour stations. 
  • Duplication of station platforms at Mooloolah, Eudlo, Palmwoods and Woombye to accommodate the proposed operational improvements.

The project will address capacity constraints on this section of the corridor by nearly doubling the capacity for freight paths and increasing the frequency and reliability of passenger services, easing pressure on the Bruce Highway. 

The project will also enable the development of new public transport options for improving connectivity within the Sunshine Coast in addition to improving the region’s connection with Brisbane, both of which are necessary to support projected population growth over the next two decades.

A full summary of Infrastructure Australia's assessment of the project can be found here.

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NORTH COAST CONNECT

– Fast rail from 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.