26 September 2023

Budget funds to keep rail on track

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads says Budget funding has supported a continuing pipeline of rail infrastructure investment through the Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP).

In a statement, the Department said the QTRIP 2023-27 has been allocated $9.6 billion towards rail infrastructure.

“This will deliver new trains and new stations and lay the foundations for a modernised network, including critical track upgrades, signalling improvements, and station upgrades,” the statement said.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey said the allocation to rail would continue to drive the State’s economic recovery, supporting jobs and delivering on previous project commitments while promoting economic confidence and responsible project delivery.

“Continued investment into infrastructure such as the more than $2.5 billion towards Logan and Gold Coast Faster Rail and the $550.8 million Beerburrum-to-Nambour Rail Upgrade will transform the rail network in South-East Queensland,” Mr Bailey said.

“These projects will mean less time sitting in congestion, and our network more accessible for passengers.”

He said the State’s population was booming and rail was a sensible and environmentally-sustainable solution for moving lots of people around efficiently.

“Cross River Rail will establish a second river crossing, unlocking a key bottleneck in our rail network. This demonstrates we are not just building Cross River Rail, we are building a new network,” Mr Bailey said.

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