Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Federal funding to deliver Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade

Media Release

MM047/2018

03 May 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Paul Fletcher MP

Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities
Federal Member for Bradfield

Mr Andrew Wallace MP

Federal Member for Fisher

Mr Ted O'Brien MP

Federal Member for Fairfax

The Federal Government is committing $390 million to duplicate Queensland's North Coast Rail Line between Beerburrum and Landsborough, and build capacity upgrades from Landsborough to Nambour, delivering improved passenger and freight movement between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the Federal Government was committed to providing the rail infrastructure Queenslanders need to enjoy the fast and reliable train services they deserve.

“Reduced travel times and greater trip reliability makes rail a more attractive option for travellers between the region and Brisbane in particular, while more parking at stations will also add to the equation,” Mr McCormack said.

Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the Turnbull Government had moved quickly to commit this funding following the business case being approved by Infrastructure Australia.

“This upgrade, which would duplicate about 20 kilometres and upgrade a further 19 kilometres of track along the busy commuter corridor, is big news for the Sunshine Coast and surrounding regions,” Mr Fletcher said.

“This project makes good sense in itself—as it will relieve pressure on the busy Bruce Highway and provide commuters with additional train services.

“It also offers a potential launch pad for further work to deliver a faster rail service along this route in the future, depending on the outcome from the business case which is now under way.

“In March this year we announced funding for a business case to plan for faster rail between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. That business case will take as its starting point the upgraded Beerburrum to Nambour line—the subject of today's funding announcement—and will examine potential further investments which would allow a faster rail service to be delivered between Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.”

Infrastructure Australia added the Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade as a priority initiative on its Infrastructure Priority List on 27 March 2018 because the project is needed in the near-term and will deliver national productivity gains.

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said the project would provide a range of upgrades between Landsborough and Nambour including passing loops extensions and additional parking at some stations.

“Through this major investment, we will address conflict between passenger and freight trains on the current single-track line, which is constraining the growth of both types of traffic,” Mr Wallace said.

“This will also be a significant economic boost to the region, creating more than 600 jobs and driving even more investment into the local economy.”

Federal Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien said freight train paths were expected to reach capacity by 2023 and without this investment in duplicating the line, freight traffic would likely switch to road based transport to meet supply chain requirements, placing further pressure on the Bruce Highway.

“The people of the Sunshine Coast and the broader region have been calling for Governments to get on board with improving rail, and the Federal Government has listened to that and delivered,” Mr O'Brien said.

“It is critical we invest in the rail corridor now to deal with congestion, but also plan for a future that may include fast rail to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane in 45 minutes.”

The Australian Government will work with the Queensland Government to finalise funding arrangements for the project and develop a construction timeframe.