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State funding locked in for Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line

The Queensland Government is committing an initial $2.75 billion to deliver the first stage of the Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line project.

The Queensland Government is committing an initial $2.75 billion to deliver the first stage of the Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line project.

The Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line is a proposed 37.8-kilometre rail extension between Beerwah and Maroochydore to increase public transport opportunities and improve connectivity to Moreton Bay, Brisbane and beyond.

The initial Queensland Government commitment of $2.75 billion will require matching funding from the Federal Government to enable construction by 2032. The Federal Government has already committed $1.6 billion.

The first stage will see a 19-kilometre dual track built from Beerwah to Caloundra, the longest spur line in the south-east passenger network. Staged delivery will see the line ultimately run to Birtinya and Maroochydore. This will deliver faster rail to the Sunshine Coast, with trains able to reach speeds of 140 kilometres per hour on some sections of the track.


 

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A ‘funding envelope’ is an approach taken on other similar projects around the world, allowing costs to be finalised when contracts are executed. The funding envelope for Stage One is expected to be between $5.5 billion and $7 billion, with final costs to be confirmed at the completion of the procurement phase.

The Sunshine Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in the state, and is forecast to be home to 600,000 people by 2046.

Premier Steven Miles said a direct rail connection in the region would help to unlock thousands of homes in the growing Sunshine Coast region.

“Through Cross River Rail, we are removing the bottleneck in Brisbane’s CBD and creating opportunities to provide better rail services to some of South East Queensland’s fastest growing regions,” Miles said.

“With better, more connected rail options available we hope commuters will leave the car at home, reducing congestion and lowering transport emissions on the path to net zero”.

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