08/12/08      179814Electric train from Nambour to Roma Street, Brisbane, rail, passengers, transport.WARREN LYNAM / SUNSHINE COAST DAILY
08/12/08 179814Electric train from Nambour to Roma Street, Brisbane, rail, passengers, transport.WARREN LYNAM / SUNSHINE COAST DAILY Warren Lynam/179814

Planned rail upgrade a 'waste of taxpayer dollars': RACQ

THE State Government's plan to duplicate a section of rail track from Beerburrum to Landsborough has been labelled a band-aid solution.

RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith said the entire line - from Beerburrum to Nambour - must be duplicated if the transport issues between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane are to be addressed.

"To make this project worthwhile the entire line from Beerburrum to Nambour needs to be duplicated - not just the southern section which is currently proposed," Ms Smith said.

"The present plan to only improve the northern section of line isn't enough and if it goes ahead it'll be a waste of taxpayer dollars."

Ms Smith said a duplication of the whole line would mean additional passengers and freight services could be moved from the at capacity Bruce Highway, and onto rail.

"If done correctly, the rail line upgrade will provide additional services for commuters to Brisbane and take freight trucks off the road and over to rail, reducing Bruce Highway congestion. It'll also improve public transport options on the coast - something locals are crying out for," she said.

"Preliminary work has commenced on the Bruce Highway to upgrade Caloundra Road to the Sunshine Motorway to six lanes. This, combined with the rail line duplication, will significantly improve the transport network on the Sunshine Coast.

"We're urging the State Government and Sunshine Coast Regional Council to work together to make sure this project delivers the benefits Sunshine Coast residents deserve."

The Beerburrum to Nambour rail line business case was expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017.


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