The Sunshine Coast is predicted to grow by almost 200,000 new residents over the next two decades. The 39 kilometre line between Beerburrum and Nambour is currently a single track with poor alignment that results in limited services and often considerable delays.
Track congestion creates bottlenecks, with competing freight and passenger trains making services less reliable. Labor promised to build the Sunshine Coast rail duplication way back in 2009 when Annastacia Palaszczuk was the Transport Minister in the Bligh Government and almost a decade later nothing’s happened.
This project is long overdue and Labor need to get on with the job and start delivering. Sunshine Coast residents shouldn’t have to wait until 2020 for another funding commitment for this long overdue project.
The Palaszczuk Labor Government has continued to refuse the Federal Coalition’s $390 million funding for the upgrade. Petty politics should not get in the way of getting the Sunshine Coast line funded and upgraded.
“Significant conflicts currently exist between freight and passenger services on the shared Beerburrum to Nambour corridor resulting in disruptions, service unreliability and increased travel times.” Building Queensland
If elected, the LNP would accept the Federal Coalition’s $390 million funding offer to deliver the upgrade as a 50/50 funding proposal.
The upgrade will provide more than 150 extra weekly services, improve transport reliability for Sunshine Coast residents and take congestion pressure off the Bruce Highway between the Coast and Caboolture.
This is a shovel-ready project. The business case has been completed and assessed by Building Queensland and it is ready to go.
It’s time to get on and finally deliver the Sunshine Coast rail duplication.
The LNP also supports the investigative works for faster rail to the Sunshine Coast.