Sunshine Coast rail duplication to become a reality
Wednesday, 1 November 2017
• LNP will build duplicate Sunshine Coast rail line to deliver 150 extra train services, reduce commuting times and ease congestion on the Bruce for locals
• Construction is expected to support more than 1800 jobs
• LNP will commit $300 million and work with the Federal Government to deliver this project
Liberal National Party Leader Tim Nicholls has pledged to build the long-overdue Sunshine Coast rail duplication between Beerburrum and Nambour which will deliver more train services, reduce commuting
times and ease congestion on the Bruce Highway.
Mr Nicholls said this once in a generation project would be a game-changer for locals with an extra 150 train
services and a faster, more reliable rail trip to and from work.
“Sadly, Annastacia Palaszczuk has been more interested in picking fights with the Federal Government than
delivering real outcomes for Queenslanders,” Mr Nicholls said.
“Our $300 million commitment means more frequent and reliable train services for Sunny Coast locals.”
LNP Shadow Transport Minister and Glass House MP Andrew Powell said this infrastructure priority had
stalled under the do-nothing Palaszczuk Labor Government.
Mr Powell said the 40km line between Beerburrum and Nambour was currently a single rail track which
limited train services to the Sunshine Coast.
“Our commitment will deliver a duplicate line from Beerburrum to Landsborough and restart planning to fix
the line to Nambour,” he said.
“This will ease congestion on the Bruce Highway between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane by providing
150 extra train services and a more reliable rail alternative.”
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Infrastructure Minister Deb Frecklington said this project formed part of
the LNP’s plan to deliver thousands of new jobs and to provide safe and liveable communities.
“The LNP’s Sunny Coast team have been fighting for the rail duplication and we are proud to be able to
finally deliver it for them,” Ms Frecklington said.
“They know building this project means 1800 local jobs will be supported. They’re jobs not supported by
Labor, who do not want to build this duplication.
“Unlike Annastacia Palaszczuk, we will work collaboratively with the Federal Government and seek a
commitment from their $10 billion National Rail Program.”