Rail funding welcomed

RACQ has welcomed the announcement of $160 million in funding for the Beerburrum to Nambour upgrade as part of the upcoming State Budget.

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Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad announced the cash splash Saturday morning and promised work on the rail duplication would commence almost immediately.

“The Beerburrum to Nambour Rail duplication will deliver increased capacity, travel time savings for passenger and freight services, and increased reliability on the North Coast line,” Ms Trad said.

The project would see the duplication of about 20km of rail line between Beerburrum and Landsborough.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the duplication had long been a major infrastructure priority for the Club because would have a direct impact on reducing congestion on the Bruce Highway.

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“The rail line upgrade will provide additional services for commuters to Brisbane as well as talking freight trucks of the road and onto tracks,” Mr Turner said.

“This will not only reduce congestion on the Bruce Highway, but will also improve public transport on the coast which is something locals are crying out for.”

The commitment followed the Federal Government Budget allocation of $390 million which would be filtered out over several terms, with $10 million allocated in the 2018-2019 financial year.

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Mr Turner said it was time the political back and forth between the State and Federal Governments ended, and motorists were put first.

“Unfortunately, we still see arguing between the State and Federal governments over the funding ‘carve up’. We hope they cooperate to see the best outcome for commuters and motorists on the Bruce Highway.”