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Redcliffe Peninsula Line (Moreton Bay Rail Link)

The Redcliffe Peninsula Line is a 12.6 km dual-track passenger rail line between Petrie and Kippa-Ring, including 6 rail stations at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Mango Hill East, Rothwell and Kippa-Ring.

The new rail line is part of a $1.2 billion program of public transport improvements for the Moreton Bay Region, funded by the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council, which includes the rail line, Petrie to Lawnton track duplication and the Rothwell Intersection Upgrade.

Current status

Train services are operating on the Redcliffe Peninsula Line, previously the Moreton Bay Rail Link. Plan your journey with TransLink.

Consultation outcomes 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.

Parking management

Throughout 2015 Council and the Moreton Bay Rail project sought feedback from residents in relation to an on-street parking management trial. For more information regarding council parking management please visit the Moreton Bay Regional Council website.


  • The Australian Government, Queensland Government and Moreton Bay regional Council signed an agreement to build the project – July 2010
  • Tender process for rail design and construction – August 2012
  • Theiss Pty Ltd Awarded the design and construction contract – August 2013
  • Early works commenced on site – January 2014
  • Bulk earthworks commenced – April 2014
  • Rail bridges commenced – May 2014
  • Stations commenced – August 2014
  • Capping layer commenced – September 2014
  • Overhead line equipment construction commenced – December 2014
  • Rail welding commenced – February 2015
  • Ballast laying commenced – March 2015
  • Track laying commenced – April 2015
  • Rail installation and shared path bridges completed  - May 2015
  • Completion of Stations – August 2015
  • Rothwell Feeder Station – September 2015
  • Petrie to Kippa-Ring greenfield works completed –October 2015
  • Electrification of greenfield lines – January 2016
  • Rail infrastructure Management (RIM) Handover – February 2016
  • Lawnton to Petrie brownfield works completed – March 2016
  • Test trains commenced – March 2016
  • Demolition of old North Pine River Rail Bridge – June 2016
  • Testing of Static Frequency Converters Completed – May 2016
  • Rail line name announced – August 2016
  • Testing and commissioning –  September 2016
  • Redcliffe Peninsula Line opened - October 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.

Logos for Australian Government, Moreton Bay Regional Council and Queensland Government

Last updated
12 October 2016