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Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade Project


The Queensland Government is committed to the progressive priority upgrade of the North Coast Line to improve its safety, efficiency and reliability.

An important part of this upgrade is the Beerburrum to Nambour (B2N) Rail Upgrade Project.

The section of rail line being investigated by this Project is located on the North Coast Line between Beerburrum and Nambour stations, and is approximately 40km in length.

Project info

Building Queensland is an independent statutory body tasked with finalising the development of a business case in partnership with the Department of Transport and Main Roads. The business case was completed in December 2016 and has been submitted to Infrastructure Australia for consideration. 

The B2N Project business case investigated the duplication of the North Coast Line on an improved alignment between Beerburrum and Landsborough, which may include:

  • replacement the Barrs Road level crossing near Glass House Mountains with a new connection to Coonowrin Road in Glass House Mountains
  • replacement of the Caloundra Street level crossing in Landsborough with a grade separated road over rail solution
  • improvements to the Beerburrum Road and Steve Irwin Way intersection at Beerburrum
  • extension of the passing loop at Landsborough to the North
  • expansion of the park and ride facilities in Landsborough and Beerburrum.

The B2N Project business case also investigated a range of other potential upgrades to the existing infrastructure from Landsborough to Nambour to enhance the benefits of the duplication. These include:

  • expansion of the park and ride facilities in Nambour and Palmwoods
  • replacement of the temporary single platforms at stations with permanent dual platforms connected by lifts and overbridges (Mooloolah, Eudlo, Palmwoods and Woombye)
  • extension of passing loops at Eudlo and Woombye to improve train operations.

It is expected that the B2N project would:

  • enable an increase in the number and frequency of passenger and freight services
  • improve transport network integration and access
  • increase track capacity and reliability
  • reduce the infrastructure maintenance and operating costs for this section of track over the life of the project.

The business case identified the project's benefits, the issues to be addressed and the most appropriate way to achieve the desired outcomes. It also builds on the findings of previous studies undertaken by the Queensland Government, which resulted in the protection of a future rail corridor from Beerburrum to Landsborough since 2011.

In developing the reference design for the business case, the project team used this gazetted future rail corridor as much as possible.

The project team also undertook environmental surveys, engineering and geotechnical investigations, traffic assessment and noise monitoring in and around the project area. 

Next steps

Feedback on the reference design received during the consultation phase in October 2016 has been collated into a report that will be used in future stages of the project to inform the detailed design if the project proceeds. Community consultation will be an important part of the future detailed design phase. 

Subject to Infrastructure Australia's consideration of the business case, the state government intends to commence funding negotiations with the federal government. 

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Beerburrum to Nambour

Last updated
24 May 2018