New Fast-Rail Connection Between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast Looks Likely

Cornelia Mascio
Gennaio 18, 2018

"With the Federal Government no longer contributing funding to Cross River Rail, which will be completed funded by the State Government, it is important Queensland gets its fair share of the $10 billion Federal Rail fund", Mr Turner said.

Despite this, he said it was important the fast rail connected to the Cross River Rail project.

Ms Palaszczuk warned the additional rail infrastructure would suffer without Cross River Rail and that it could cost "billions and billions and billions of dollars", despite not yet seeing details of the proposal.

The Courier Mail reported, if approved for Federal Government funding, the North Coast Connect project would see the construction of 200km of fast rail which would, for the first time, link Brisbane to Maroochydore by rail.

The new 40-kilometre rail spur would connect the Sunshine Coast Airport, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore's new town centre, Kawana, Caloundra and the Aura mega development at Caloundra south, Mr O'Brien said.

The proposal was the only Queensland project to remain in the running for the business case funding, which the MPs hoped to use to press their case for NRP funds.

"Duplication of the Beerburrum to Nambour rail line has been a high priority and the need to improve commuter travel to Brisbane is a no brainer", he said.

That would mean the rail line from Brisbane to Beerburrum would need upgrading, along with significant changes to rail alignments in the Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade Project.

"The only way extra capacity on the Sunshine Coast can work is if there are no bottlenecks further down the line". "Well, right now we have the opportunity to pursue an even better solution", he said.

The federal government is expected to announce the successful projects by mid-February, with the final business cases then progressing to Infrastructure Australia for assessment.

"New businesses and residents would be attracted here and fill out the new CBD".

Mr O'Brien said the business case would investigate taking fast rail into two areas, firstly Brisbane through to Nambour and secondly to the Sunshine Coast. "It would open up tourism options and further reduce congestion on the Bruce Highway", Mr O'Brien said.

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