26 September 2023

Department predicts rail travel future

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads has released a blueprint for how the South-East Queensland rail network is to be transformed after the opening of Cross River Rail.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey said the plan showed just how trains would move when Cross River Rail opened.

“In 2025, the first underground rail system in the State’s history will be built, paving the way for faster, more frequent services, but we aren’t just building Cross River Rail, we’re building a brand new network,” Mr Bailey said.

“This network will be a change for Queenslanders, but it will open the door for future investment and timesaving timetable changes to help Queenslanders get home sooner and safer.”

He said the blueprint included projects like the Beerburrum-to-Nambour and Kuraby-to-Beenleigh track duplications, Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Three, station upgrades across all of Queensland, plus the manufacture of 65 trains in Maryborough.

“Bringing all of these projects together is a modern signalling system and implementation of state-of-the-art platform screen doors for underground stations, a world-leading technology used on the subway networks of Europe and Singapore,” Mr Bailey said.

“All trains will run through Roma Street, either through the existing station or the new below-ground Cross River Rail station.”

He said this would be a big change for some passengers, but presented many opportunities, especially when considering the sheer level of investment and good jobs that would be supported.

The plan can be accessed at this PS News link.

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