Moreton Bay Rail
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Major construction is well underway and the new rail line is taking shape.
In 2015, work will continue on all 6 new stations and the Kippa-Ring stabling yard. Major work has started on local roads and the rail track will start to be laid.
- Construction begins on Kinsellas Road East bridge – July 2012
- Tender process for rail design and construction begins – August 2012
- Kinsellas Road East bridge complete – April 2013
- Rail corridor works begin (track, structures and stations) – January 2014
- Rail corridor works complete – late 2016
- New rail line delivered – late 2016
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, including:
- 14km of double track rail from Lawnton to Kippa-Ring
- grade separated rail connection to the Caboolture line
- 22 bridge structures to provide grade separation of road and rail, including over the Bruce Highway
- 6 new rail stations including bus interchanges and bike storage
- 2,850 carparks
- stabling (including train crew facilities) for 10 6-car trains in the vicinity of Kippa-Ring Station
- 3m wide concrete shared path for cyclists and pedestrians along the entire length of the corridor.
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