Sunshine Coast rail upgrade a must: RACQ

RACQ has urged both sides of politics to commit to the Beerburrum to Nambour rail duplication to deliver vital infrastructure Sunshine Coast residents.

Queensland rail train at station

While the Queensland Government has received the business case from Building Queensland for duplication of the southern section of rail between Beerburrum and Landsborough, the State Opposition today joined RACQ in calling for the full duplication of the entire Beerburrum to Nambour route.

Club spokesperson Renee Smith said with limited public transport options and a heavily congested Bruce Highway, the region desperately needed the upgrade.

“It’s great the full duplication of the Beerburrum to Nambour rail is back on the table – the project is going to be vital in improving transport now and into the future,” Ms Smith said.

“The rail line upgrade will provide additional services for commuters to Brisbane and take freight trucks off the road and on to rail, reducing congestion on the Bruce Highway. It’ll also improve public transport options on the coast – something locals are crying out for.”

Opposition Deputy Leader Deb Frecklington said the project would increase the peak capacity of the rail line by 25 percent from Nambour and 100 percent between Landsborough and Elimbah.

“Enough is enough. Sunshine Coast locals deserve to be spending less time waiting for trains or stuck in traffic gridlock and more time with their family and friends,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The 40km line between Beerburrum and Nambour is currently a single rail track with poor alignment which results in limited rail services and considerable delays for Sunshine Coast commuters.”