Queensland Budget 2020

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The Queensland Government has handed down a late 2020 budget today - Rail funding highlights for this year

1. Fourteen ongoing station upgrades in Brisbane - $105.747-million

2. Cross River Rail ongoing - $1,483.325-million

3. Ongoing implementaion of European Train Control (QR) - $169.1-million

4. Gold Coast Light Rail Burliegh extension ongoing (GLink) - $50.447-million

5. Below rail maintenance South East Queensland (QR) - $108.712-million

6. Below rail maintenance Western and South Western systems (QR) - $8.558-million

7. Below rail maintenance North Coast Line (QR) - $32.718-million

8. Below rail maintenance West Moreton System (QR) - $47.76-million

9. Below rail maintenance for remainder of QR network - $28.493-million

10. Mt Isa Line capacity upgrades ongoing (QR) - $10-million

11. North Coast Line capacity upgrades ongoing (QR) - $23.553-million

12. Duplication from Beerburrum to Nambour ongoing - $38.884-million

13. Various New Generation Rollingstock upgrades ongoing - $144.078-million

14. Rollingstock Expansion ongoing (20 six-car trains from Downer Maryborough) - $35-million

15. Third track Roma Street to Exhibition - $0.8-million


The government noted the twenty new trains from Downer will total $600-million with delivery by 2025, with a follow up order of 45 trains possible.

An additional $300-million over ten years will be spent at Downer to upgrade all of the tilt sets, plus the IMU 160 and SMU 260 series fleets. A $1-million business case is being developed by Downer to replace carriages on the Westlander, Inlander and Spirit of the Outback.

The government is also committed to reacquring the now closed Aurizon Rockhampton Workshops "to develop a rail maintenance, manfacturing and logistics centre to support local suppliers to manufacture components for Queensland built trains".

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  phil_48 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Wynnum North
Most notable exception was a withdrawl of a PRE ELECTION PROMISE to help fund ( 85M ), in conjunction with BCC and Feds, the long awaited Lindum level crossing upgrade/replacement - still going after 30 years.  Might yet beat the 100 years of promises for the Redcliffe ( and then only half way ) line.

The latest " cheap " version is leave the crossing as is, and just add traffic lights ( X )

  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
Most notable exception was a withdrawl of a PRE ELECTION PROMISE to help fund ( 85M ), in conjunction with BCC and Feds, the long awaited Lindum level crossing upgrade/replacement - still going after 30 years.  Might yet beat the 100 years of promises for the Redcliffe ( and then only half way ) line.

The latest " cheap " version is leave the crossing as is, and just add traffic lights ( X )
phil_48
I'm so glad it's not my job to design a solution to this problem, it would be an absolute nightmare!
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Most notable exception was a withdrawl of a PRE ELECTION PROMISE to help fund ( 85M ), in conjunction with BCC and Feds, the long awaited Lindum level crossing upgrade/replacement - still going after 30 years.  Might yet beat the 100 years of promises for the Redcliffe ( and then only half way ) line.

The latest " cheap " version is leave the crossing as is, and just add traffic lights ( X )
I'm so glad it's not my job to design a solution to this problem, it would be an absolute nightmare!
Graham4405
I cannot see how $85m or what ever the mega million is justified, the population and industry base on the north side is small and there are busier intersections further east.

Traffic lights each side, interlocked with each other and the LX, job done and walk away!
  phil_48 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Wynnum North
This intersection is on the east side of Brisbane, right next to a mix of industrial, suburban, aged care and a private school.

The intersection is also a feeder into the Port of Brisbane Motorway less than 1km away, so there are many large truck movements.

Because of the lay out with the 3 tracks crossing at quite an angle to the road intersection, the boom gates are regularly hit, and in particular one boom, not by traffic trying to beat trains, but by large trucks trying to turn right from North Road into Lindum Road, and not even wanting to cross the line.  The boom gates for the third ( Port freight line ) jut out at angle across that intersection, and those who have driven large and articulated trucks would know that to turn right,  one has to go a long way to the left of the road to haul the vehicle round, and sometimes that boom gate is hit.

Also the area came into promenance before the 2019 Federal Election when an elderly lady walking across the tracks with her walker, quite legally, at the boom gates, had the wheels of her walker get caught in the gap between one of the tracks and the bitumen and she fell onto the tracks and unfortunately was fatally hit by a train.

Part of the funding was to go toward a pedestrian overbridge and lift system for the elderly to stop the need for crossing the tracks at ground level.  That issue brought out all the immediate funding promises from Federal and State - but sadly once again - nothing.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
I cannot see how $85m or what ever the mega million is justified, the population and industry base on the north side is small and there are busier intersections further east.

Traffic lights each side, interlocked with each other and the LX, job done and walk away!
RTT_Rules

Shane, have you even been there? This intersection/level crossing was a nightmare in the 1970s when I lived very close to it and had to navigate it to get to work. Lots of traffic was using it then, so imagine what it is like now!
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
I cannot see how $85m or what ever the mega million is justified, the population and industry base on the north side is small and there are busier intersections further east.

Traffic lights each side, interlocked with each other and the LX, job done and walk away!
RTT_Rules

Shane, have you even been there? This intersection/level crossing was a nightmare in the 1970s when I lived very close to it and had to navigate it to get to work. Lots of traffic was using it then, so imagine what it is like now!
"Graham4405"


I have once or twice but a while back and only one weekends but I wouldn't say I know it well.

I'll take your word for it, but if an over pass is required, big bucks. I cannot imagine realigning the intersection and still remain with LX is the right approach either.

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