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PROPERTIES along the proposed widened rail corridor between Salisbury and Beaudesert would be resumed if the project goes ahead, according to the State Government.
Department of Transport director of rail and planning Matthias Schlotterbach confirmed the government needed to purchase land for the widening of the existing track and “secure” the corridor as soon as possible.
He said the track, which would run alongside the Federal Government’s proposed inland freight line, would be about 30m wide.
Eleven stations would be built along two new passenger tracks, running parallel to two freight tracks.
“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.”
He said owners of properties which needed to be resumed would be compensated.
However Mr Schlotterback said the project would not go ahead without the Cross River Rail being approved.
A spokesman for the Deputy Premier Jackie Trad claimed the project was a “longer term priority” and “will be dependent on building Cross River Rail in order to unlock capacity on our rail network’’.
“There is still significant work to be completed, including comprehensive community consultation and government approvals, before the corridor can be formally preserved,’’ the spokesman said.
“We will ensure the community is extensively consulted throughout the process of planning any future rail corridor.’’
Mr Schlotterback said it was his belief the line would be completed by 2041 but was unable to give a firm completion date.
Land has already been set aside from Salisbury to Kagaru and from Veresdale to Beaudesert, south of Brisbane.
The existing rail lines between Salisbury and Kagaru and between Veresdale and Beaudesert are both single tracks without electrical service.
Early Works on the Cross River Rail project have started. According to the official website work includes demolition of the Goprint building at Woolloongabba, and geotechnical work.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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