Caboolture to Landsborough Rail Upgrade Study
The Queensland Government's Integrated Regional Transport Plan (IRTP) for south east Queensland, released in 1997, identified the need for a study into improved passenger services (such as Citytrain and the tilt train) and rail freight operations on the rail network along the main North Coast line.
The IRTP recommended that options be investigated to increase the speed, comfort, safety, service frequency and reliability of rail services. The ability to provide additional services on the existing line is limited by restricted operating speeds and long sections of single track. Congestion is also a problem due to competing passenger and freight service demands.
The study took into account the findings of the Caboolture Maroochydore Corridor Study, which identified a public transport corridor from Beerwah to Maroochydore.
The area covered by this study includes the rail corridor and surrounding areas between the Caboolture and Landsborough railway stations. Stations between these two locations, including Elimbah, Beerburrum, the Glass House Mountains and Beerwah stations, were also covered in the study.
The first section of the plan, the Caboolture to Beerburrum Rail Duplication project, was commissioned in April 2009.
The second section of this plan, the Beerburrum to Landsborough Track Duplication, will straighten and duplicate this 17 km rail line and upgrade the Glasshouse Mountains and Beerwah rail stations.
As identified in the Queensland Infrastructure Plan, this project is expected to be delivered by 2021.