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Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade Project

Overview:

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.

Location:

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

Project info

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

  • replacement of 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 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 will:

  • 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 updated environmental surveys, engineering and geotechnical investigations, traffic assessment and noise monitoring in and around the project area to inform the reference design.

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.

Current status

The business case for the B2N Project was completed in December 2016 and submitted to Infrastructure Australia for consideration in July 2017. 

On 27 March 2018, Infrastructure Australia published the updated ‘Infrastructure Priority List’ on which the B2N project has been upgraded from a ‘Priority Initiative’ to a ‘Priority Project’. 

On 3 May 2018 the Australian Government committed $390 million in federal funding on a 50:50 basis. 

On 9 June 2018 the Queensland Government committed $160.8 million as part of the 2018 budget, which is in line with the National Land Transport Network arrangements for projects of national significance, outside of metropolitan areas.

With current funding totalling more than $550 million, land acquisition and detailed design including community consultation can get underway, to be followed by the commencement of construction. 

The Queensland Government has now declared its future road and rail land requirements for the project reference design under Section 242 of the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994.  This declaration protects the land against development applications that are incompatible with the future rail project.

The declaration of land opens up the option for impacted property owners to apply for early acquisition under the provisions of the Department’s Early Acquisition Policy, subject to meeting the early acquisition criteria. Please click on this link for a copy of the Early Acquisition Policy.

It is intended that the formal land acquisition process will not start until the conclusion of ‘detailed design’ which precedes construction.

Next steps

The next phase of design development, referred to as ‘detailed design’, will commence during the second half of 2018 and is expected to take a year to complete. During this stage more technical studies are undertaken and there is further stakeholder and community consultation about the design. 

The timing for delivery and any staging of construction works will be confirmed and communicated through the detailed design phase. The Queensland Government will continue to have discussions with the Australian Government regarding full funding in line with the 80:20 funding arrangements for National Land Transport Network projects of national significance, outside metropolitan areas.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this project, email the project team at B2N@tmr.qld.gov.au

Community info

North Coast Connect Project

Last updated
11 September 2018