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Queenslanders will not know whether or not a Fast Train concept in south-east Queensland is viable until after the 2019 federal election.
A business case for a Gold Coast version of a Fast Train concept was revealed on Friday, plus very general plans to extend the heavy rail line to the Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta.
The federal government has pledged to create a fast rail link between Melbourne and Geelong.
On the Sunshine Coast, however, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull had announced money in January 2018 for a business case for Fast Train concept to the Sunshine Coast, from Nambour to Brisbane.
“I am expecting the business case to come back in July,” Sunshine Coast federal MP Ted O’Brien said on Friday. “From there it goes to Infrastructure Australia.”
The federal election is expected to be held in May 2019.
Infrastructure Australia is the peak body prioritising infrastructure projects around Australia for additional federal funding.
The idea is to have trains run at 150kmh and travel between Brisbane and Nambour in 45 minutes.
The Sunshine Coast stretch alone of a Fast Train concept would cost “billions of dollars”, Mr O’Brien said.
The Sunshine Coast Fast Train bid is being prepared by a Sunshine Coast business consortiumcalled North Coast Connect, which includes Stocklands – who are building the Aura residential development at Caloundra South – and engineers and planners SMEC, Urbis and KPMG.
The business case will work out where the Fast Train can work with the existing rail lines and where new rail lines for Fast Trains would be needed.
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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