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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad
    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Sod turned on $163 million rail project set to deliver 200 jobs

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Sunday, March 13, 2016

    Sod turned on $163 million rail project set to deliver 200 jobs

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe today turned the first sod on the Coomera to Helensvale rail duplication, marking the start of work on the $163 million project.

    Ms Palaszczuk said the project would significantly improve train capacity and reliability on the Gold Coast line ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and support more than 200 jobs during construction.

    “This is an exciting milestone as we begin work to duplicate the only remaining section of single track on the Gold Coast rail line,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “The project will provide a major boost for the construction industry, providing up to two years employment for more than 200 people working in trades such as engineering, electrical, steel fixing, concreting and carpentery.”

    Ms Trad said the project was a vital infrastructure project for the Coast and would transform the region’s public transport network.

    “This project is an investment in public transport for the rapidly expanding Gold Coast region,” Ms Trad said.

    “This critical infrastructure project will deliver the capacity needed to double the number trains travelling to the Gold Coast in morning peak and back to Brisbane in afternoon peak.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said work will involve duplicating 8.2 kilometres of rail track between Coomera and Helensvale stations and significantly improve public transport in the region by providing the opportunity to introduce extra peak hour services and additional capacity from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to investing in infrastructure in the Gold Coast region ahead of the Games - an event that will inject $2 billion into the Queensland economy and generate around 30,000 jobs,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “This project will not only support the Gold Coast region to host one of the world’s largest sporting events, but will also cater for the region’s growing number of residents and visitors.

    “The Gold Coast rail line is a key gateway from Brisbane to the Gold Coast region and records around 4.5 million passenger journeys per year, but is currently at capacity during peak times.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said over the past month, Queensland Rail had been preparing the site for construction and holding information sessions with the community.

    “Feedback on the project has been overwhelmingly positive, with Gold Coast train commuters welcoming an increase in train capacity on the Gold Coast line,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “Over the next couple of months, construction teams will begin to lay foundations for the second track, which will include construction of eight new rail bridges totalling 1,400 metres in length, one of which will span 860m across the Coomera River, Hope Island Road and Saltwater Creek.”

    The project is expected to be finished in late 2017.

    Overlay:

    Time-lapse from front of train:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIuQt6dnV0M

    Normal speed from front of train:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSGp_C0R24U

    Drone vision:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViOOfadYag0

     

     

    Media contact: 0488 996 667 (Trad) 0475 950 772 (Hinchliffe)