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The Sunshine Coast community is invited to share ideas on proposed rail and commuter parking improvements as part of the jointly funded $550 million Beerburrum to Nambour Rail (B2N) Upgrade.
Expressions of interest have been launched for locals to join a community reference group, while consultation has also been launched on proposed park’n’ride expansions at Beerburrum, Landsborough and Nambour.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government $390 million contribution would boost the region’s connections to Brisbane.
“Beerburrum to Nambour is a vital infrastructure upgrade that will both improve current and future passenger services whilst also increasing the capacity for freight trains,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“This will divert commuters off the Bruce Highway which in turn will improve traffic flow.
“Reduced travel times, greater service reliability and increased parking at stations will attract more travellers to rail between the regions and Brisbane in particular.”
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the project would be a game changer for jobs and transport on the Sunshine Coast, especially with COVID-19, and getting meaningful input now would make sure the project benefits as many as possible and unlocks 333 construction jobs sooner.
“Queenslanders have stepped up to help manage the health impacts of COVID-19, which means the state government has been able to get on with Queensland’s plan for economic recovery,” Mr Bailey said.
“The existing station car parks are at capacity and we know there’s limited on-street parking opportunities near the stations.
“That’s why we want to hear from the community on new facilities that will increase commuter parking capacity, improve access help to manage road parking pressures in the surrounding streets and suburbs.”
Mr Bailey said feedback was also being sought on priorities for biking and walking infrastructure, with $6.5 million in state funding allocated to creating better active transport in the hinterlands.
This article first appeared on www.miragenews.com
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