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Moreton Bay Rail

November 2013

Moreton Bay Rail project is a large infrastructure project involving complex design solutions. Transport and Main Roads and its project teams continue to look for opportunities to improve the project design and obtain better value for money as the projects move into the construction phase.

A number of refinements have been made to the project design. These include:

  • inclusion of the Lawnton to Petrie Third Track Upgrade in the overall Moreton Bay Rail project scope
  • the North Coast rail line goes over the Moreton Bay Rail line at Petrie
  • rail over road bridges at Dohles Rocks Road and Goodfellows Road
  • Duffield Road extended to connect with Dohles Rocks Road to provide improved access and connectivity
  • a 4-lane upgrade of Dohles Rocks Road from School Road to Ogg Road
  • a new link road behind Finnegan Street providing access to Rothwell Station
  • a new road at Cecily Street, connecting to Brays Road, to access Murrumba Downs Station
  • new road over rail bridges at Capestone and Mango Hill Boulevards, near Mango Hill East Station to provide for future connectivity.

More details about these design refinements are shown in our November 2013 newsletter. You can also see what’s happening close to you in our In your area page.

View a visualisation of the new rail line.

August 2013

Moreton Bay's long-awaited rail link comes to life

The contract to design and construct the $1.147 billion Moreton Bay Rail Link was awarded to Thiess. Funding is being jointly provided by the Australian Government ($742 million), Queensland Government ($300 million plus land) and Moreton Bay Regional Council ($105 million).

The Moreton Bay Rail Link is set to transform the region, providing a dedicated public transport link for 1 of the fastest growing areas in the country.

Moreton Bay Rail Link will deliver a new heavy rail passenger line between Petrie and Kippa-Ring, including 6 new stations at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Mango Hill East, Rothwell and Kippa-Ring.

Construction of the new Kinsellas Road East bridge over the future rail corridor has already been completed. These works were brought forward to ensure the local community remains connected during the rail corridor works.

The contract to finalise design and build the rail link was awarded to Thiess.

Construction of the rail corridor works is due to begin in early 2014, with some early works, such as geotechnical investigations, currently underway. The new rail line scheduled for delivery by late 2016.


  • Construction begins on Kinsellas Road East bridge – July 2012
  • Tender process for rail design and construction begins – August 2012  
  • Kinsellas Road East bridge complete – mid-2013
  • Rail corridor works begin (track, structures and stations) – early 2014
  • Rail corridor works complete – late 2016
  • New rail line delivered – late 2016

The need

More than 375,000 people call the Moreton Bay region home, making it the third largest local government area in Australia. It is also one of the fastest growing areas in the country with the population set to exceed 500,000 by 2031.

Transport in the Moreton Bay region is heavily geared towards cars. More than half the region’s population departs the area everyday to travel to work with the vast majority (83%) using a private vehicle for their journey.

The Moreton Bay Rail Link will significantly improve public transport in the area providing an incentive for people to switch from private vehicles to public transport. This will in turn free up capacity on the road network for journeys that can’t be made using public transport.


The Moreton Bay Rail will:

  • provide a more reliable, economical, and faster alternative to driving to Brisbane’s Central Business District during peak periods
  • help reduce congestion on the road network, including the Bruce Highway, and free up capacity for journeys that can’t be made using public transport
  • provide sustainable and active transport options that reduce carbon emissions – every full train on the new line will take about 600 cars off the road
  • provide better access to major employment centres both within and outside the Moreton Bay region
  • help attract investment to the area and create business opportunities
  • act as a catalyst for growth along the alignment, with stations becoming hubs of new development in the region.


The Moreton Bay Rail Link will provide a focal point for the local community, and will include a number of features.


Station design is an essential ingredient in making public transport attractive to users and the community – and getting the design for each station right is a key priority for the Moreton Bay Rail project team.

The project team are continuing to refine the design and layouts of the stations. More information will be available as the design progresses.

The station design team will look at how each station would integrate with its local community. Importantly, the stations would be designed and constructed to be a part of their community, not to stand out from it.

A key issue is how the station can be accessed by pedestrians, cyclists, and those who arrive by car, bus or taxi. Each station will be designed to suit its local situation, particularly in layout and access.

The station designers have worked closely with Queensland Rail, Transport and Main Roads, TransLink Transit Authority, Moreton Bay Regional Council and the former Growth Management Queensland. The design process is considering how the rail line can act as a catalyst for growth along its alignment, with stations being the hub of new development in the medium to long term.

View artist impressions of future MBRL stations.

Cycling and walking (paths and facilities)

The Moreton Bay Rail will provide an opportunity to significantly improve pedestrian and cycling links in the Moreton Bay region.

A shared path will be constructed along the length of the corridor.

New roads constructed as part of the project will include pedestrian and cycle pathways and the new stations will be designed to make pedestrian and bicycle access easier.

End-of-trip facilities, such as bicycle storage, will also be included in the station designs.

Road and rail bridges

The Moreton Bay Rail will cross several major roads.

In some locations – such as the Bruce Highway and Brays Road in Murrumba Downs – this will involve a rail bridge being built over the existing road.

At Kinsellas Road East a new road bridge has been built over the rail line. The construction of this bridge has been brought forward to ensure the local community remains connected during the construction of the rail corridor works.

The design changed since the preparation of the reference design in 2010 and will now include rail-over-road bridges at Dohles Rocks Road and Goodfellows Road. There will be no start to construction in the Kallangur precinct until early 2014, although early works such as utility relocation and geotechnical investigations have begun in the area. For more details, see our news page.

A road-over-rail bridge will be built in Mango Hill at Freshwater Creek Road, as part of the rail corridor works.

Detailed traffic plans will be put in place during construction to ensure safety and traffic flow is maintained.

More information about these roadworks will be available closer to the start of construction.

Rail corridor

The rail corridor works includes the 12.6km of track, structures, and 6 new stations for the new Moreton Bay Rail Link.

Design is continuing, with detailed design underway. Plans will be available to view in the first half of 2014.

Construction of the rail corridor works is due to begin in early 2014 with the new rail line scheduled for delivery by late 2016.


The Moreton Bay Rail Link has been a long time coming.

The first known reference to a rail link to Redcliffe dates back to the late 1800s when a local alderman proposed that a new line be built to the peninsula at an estimated cost of 200,000 pounds.

The first significant planning study to investigate the Moreton Bay Rail Link occurred in 1978-79 when the Metropolitan Transit Authority conducted a series of planning studies into a public transport corridor between Petrie and Kippa-Ring. These investigations led to the identification of the preferred alignment for the project and the land was then acquired.

Over the last 30 years the project has been the subject of a number of further studies.

From 1999 to 2003 the Queensland Government undertook the Petrie to Kippa-Ring Public Transport Corridor Study.

This study assessed the feasibility and impact of the corridor to support the visions and objectives set out in the Queensland Government’s Regional Framework for Growth Management.

The community was consulted as part of this study.

The study recommended a preferred alignment for the corridor, with the preferred transport mode being heavy rail. Heavy rail was found to be the most effective option for the following reasons:

  • A single journey – extending the existing heavy rail network allows passengers to board at a station on the Moreton Bay Rail Link and continue on the same service all the way to Brisbane.
  • Carrying capacity – heavy rail will better cope with increasing number of passengers in future than either light rail or a busway.
  • Cost – heavy rail is similar in cost to light rail or busway, but with higher carrying capacity and faster journey times.

Based on this study, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (formerly Queensland Transport) commissioned the development of a Final Impact Assessment Study for the corridor. It concluded that the preferred corridor between Petrie and Kippa-Ring area was the original preserved corridor because:

  • the land was already owned by the State of Queensland
  • the alternative option would fragment existing land uses and habitat
  • environmental impacts could be managed
  • there was potential for 6 railway stations.

The Queensland Government’s 2003 study provided the foundation for the current project design.

In July 2010 an agreement was signed between the Australian Government, Queensland Government and the Moreton Bay Regional Council to build the project, with all 3 levels committing funds to the project.

The Moreton Bay Rail Link Project Change Report incorporates recent changes to the project design.

An updated project plan has been prepared for the Schedule 4 amendment of the Sustainable Planning Act (SPA) Regulation.

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Last updated
14 April 2014