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Testing and commissioning

The Moreton Bay Rail project will move into the testing and commissioning phase in mid-December. From mid-December, the high voltage overhead wires will become electrified. The overhead wires carry 25,000 volts of electricity which is so powerful that coming close to them can cause electric shock or electrocution.

Once the lines are electrified, the community will notice trains operating along the rail line while testing is carried out on the signalling equipment and new infrastructure. During this period, up to 4 trains will be tested on the rail line both during the day and intermittently at night and on weekends. The rail line and stations will continue to remain closed to the public until the project opens in mid-2016.

For further information, refer to our Testing and commissioning phase flyer.

Consultation for new rail and bus timetables

TransLink will commence community consultation sessions at key locations along the Moreton Bay Rail corridor in November. These sessions will provide more information about the Moreton Bay Rail train timetable, proposed changes to the supporting bus network, and how the new train line and network will transform the region.

The new Moreton Bay Rail timetable will provide more than 650 new weekly train services, trains every 6 to 12 minutes in peak times, all-day express services, and a consistent 55 minute journey between Kippa-Ring and Brisbane Central stations.

To register for the consultation sessions or for further information, visit or call 13 12 30.

Moreton Bay network consultation - Have your say!

SMEC independent hydraulic review

SMEC (Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation) was commissioned by the Queensland Government to undertake an independent hydraulic review in response to concerns raised by residents that the Moreton Bay Rail project may have impacted the level of flooding that resulted from the extreme rain event that impacted South East Queensland on 1 May 2015.

The review is now available from the Publications page.

For further information phone 1800 823 133 or email

Parking management

The Moreton Bay Rail project team would like to thank residents for their feedback on the parking plan. The feedback period has now closed.

Moreton Bay Regional Council in conjunction with the Moreton Bay Rail project team will now review the feedback received along with other considerations and make a decision on any parking management measures to be implemented.

Any changes to parking management will be implemented to coincide with the opening of the rail line in mid-2016.

The project team will notify the community of the outcomes of the feedback in the coming months.

Current status

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 rail track has started being laid across the corridor.


  • 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
  • New rail line delivered – mid – 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, 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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Last updated
27 November 2015