QLD Government releases SEQ Rail Connect plan

A map of the SEQ Rail Connect plan.
Image courtesy of the Queensland Government.

The Queensland Government has released its blueprint for how the South East Queensland rail network will be transformed after the opening of Cross River Rail.

The SEQ Rail Connect plan outlines how the Queensland Government will shape the network to meet the future needs of the growing region.

Mark Bailey, Transport and Main Roads Minister, said the government’s investments would completely transform the way Queenslanders travel throughout the South East of the state.

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

“The rail connect plan is headlined by 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 brand new trains in Maryborough.

“Bringing all of these projects together is a new 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, which will allow us to run more services, more often, all while improving safety.”

Bailey said the new plan would open up new public transport opportunities for residents and visitors to South Eastern Queensland by establishing a new three sector network.

Sector One will create a north-south spine connecting the northern and southern regions through the Cross River Rail tunnel from Varsity Lakes and Beenleigh to Redcliffe Peninsula and Nambour.

Sector Two will comprise services from Rosewood, Ipswich and Springfield through Central to Doomben, the Airport and Shorncliffe; and Sector Three will operate from Ferny Grove through Central and Southbank to Cleveland.

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

Bailey said the plan would mean big changes for some customers, but presented many opportunities.

“Cross River Rail is already supporting more than 1700 Queensland subcontractors and will support 7700 jobs over the life of the project, while the Queensland made Train Manufacturing Program and rollout of the European Train Control System will support thousands of jobs over the life of the programs,” he said.

“Our rail revolution is all about building for growth and providing a legacy of infrastructure for generations of Queenslanders to come.”

For more information, visit: www.tmr.qld.gov.au



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