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Consultation outcome: Moreton Bay Rail on-street parking management

From June to October 2015, Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Moreton Bay Rail project team sought feedback from residents to develop on-street parking management options for streets surrounding the new Moreton Bay Rail stations.

More than 600 residents provided their feedback. The consultation process identified the parking management measure preferred by the majority of residents and has allowed Council to make a decision guided by community feedback.

Accordingly, in conjunction with the opening of the Moreton Bay Rail line in 2016, council will introduce in local streets surrounding the new rail stations:

  • No parking between 6.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday (resident parking permits excepted).
  • A residential parking permit trial.

For more information visit the Moreton Bay Rail page on the Moreton Bay Regional Council’s website.

Testing and commissioning

The Moreton Bay Rail project moved into the testing and commissioning phase in early January 2016, with the high voltage overhead wires being 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.

Following the electrification, 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

During November 2015 TransLink undertook 9 community consultation sessions on the draft bus and rail timetable for the opening of the Moreton Bay Rail Link across the project corridor. The opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed Moreton Bay region network has now closed. TransLink thanks the community for their participation. The outcomes of the consultation were released in January 2016.

For further information visit the TransLink project page.

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

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
08 January 2016