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THERE will be pain before any gain for residents living near a proposed passenger train line corridor which will run from Salisbury to Beaudesert.
Transport Department director rail and planning Matthias Schlotterbach told a Logan City Council committee the state needed to buy up land for the track as soon as possible.
However, he said the line was not due for completion before 2041 and was dependent on the state election and Cross River Rail approval.
Mr Schlotterbach said residents living on land needed for the track would be compensated and asked council to prepare those residents.
Eleven stations will be built along two new passenger tracks with lines running parallel to two privately-owned inland freight tracks owned by ARTC.
The line will run to Beaudesert.He said there would be land acquisitions as the corridor would have to be wide enough to accommodate four tracks side-by-side and the corridor was only 30m wide at the moment.
“In a draft impact assessment report, we have confirmed the land requirement for Acacia Ridge to Beaudesert in the current work we are doing,” Mr Schlotterbach said.
“This is due for completion at the end of this quarter. Currently, the plan has been finalised and is with a technical working group for comment.”
Logan City, ARTC, Brisbane City Council, Department of Transport and Scenic Rim were part of the group.
After comments from the working group, government approval would be needed before the design was put out to public consultation.
Division 11 councillor Trevina Schwarz said she was alarmed the completion date was pushed back to 2041 when original plans were for the line to be built by 2031. She also questioned why the state was not working closely with the private ATRC freight line project.
“I already have a community upset over the lack of engagement over the ARTC inland freight line so they will just get over that to be smacked with the DTMR plans for a passenger line.”
Her sentiments were backed up by Division 7 councillor Laurie Smith who said he was “horrified” about the planned four-track width of the corridor and was surprised planning had been done years ago.
“People are going to be devastated at the impact of the planned four-track line now going past their properties where they have lived for 30 years.”
Adequate car parking was another issue raised by Cr Cherie Dalley.
Land has already been set aside from Salisbury to Kagaru and from Veresdale to Beaudesert, but more land will be needed to connect Kagaru to Veresdale.
The existing rail lines between Salisbury and Kagaru and between Veresdale and Beaudesert are both single tracks without electrical service.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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