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Moreton Bay Rail project history

The Moreton Bay Rail project 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.

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.

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

Last updated
31 December 2016