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Nambour Chamber of Commerce president Tim Smith says it would be a disappointing blow if rail duplication doesn't happen as the former mill town undergoes an economic resurgence.
Last week the Daily reported there were growing concerns a fast rail plan initially touted as linking to Nambour was set to overlook the former business hub of the Coast in favour of links from Beerwah to Caloundra and Maroochydore.
Mr Smith said he wasn't aware of that being the case, as he understood a fast rail link would be separate to any rail duplication or light rail connector plans.
He said he understood the North Coast Line would be duplicated through to Nambour, with a connector link from Beerwah to Caloundra South and on to Maroochydore, likely to be a light rail.
He said he understood the cost of land resumptions to make a fast rail project stack up in the southeast, from Nambour to Ipswich, Brisbane and further south, were too prohibitive to see it come to fruition.
Mr Smith said he understood once carparking capacity had increased in Nambour and overpasses or underpasses had been constructed to remove level crossings on the line, that rail duplication would proceed.
He said he would be "very disappointed" if the duplication wasn't to come all the way to Nambour.
Mr Smith said Nambour was the main transit centre in the region and he thought duplication to Nambour supported by increased bus services to all parts of the region would be the most logical way forward.
He said all the planning had been done for duplication to Nambour and resumptions undertaken and the business community was travelling quite strongly despite the pandemic, as it was a less tourist-reliant economy than the coastal fringe.
Mr Smith said median house prices had lifted over the past 18 months and there was a resurgence underway within the business district.
It was understood the numbers weren't stacking up on a fast rail connection to Nambour, sparking concern from rail advocate Jeff Addison last week, as Infrastructure Australia evaluates the North Coast Connect proposal.
Recent mapping from the SEQ Council of Mayors showed no fast rail corridor being continued through to Nambour, further fuelling fears the town may miss out.
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