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    Transport/Main Roads
    The Honourable Stephen Bredhauer

    Rail may not be an option for Petrie to Kippa-Ring

    Transport/Main Roads
    The Honourable Stephen Bredhauer

    Friday, July 11, 2003

    Rail may not be an option for Petrie to Kippa-Ring

    The Beattie Government will soon consider the outcomes of the Petrie to Kippa-Ring rail corridor Impact Assessment Study, Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Bredhauer said today.

    Mr Bredhauer said the Government had yet to make a decision on proceeding with the rail line, however private sector interest in the project had been negligible.

    Mr Bredhauer said: "It seems the Government would need to spend tens of millions of dollars each year to offset the cost of operating a rail line between Petrie and Kippa-Ring with very little potential gain in public transport patronage."

    "Enhancing bus services may in fact provide greater benefit - in developing suburbs such as Mango Hill and the populated areas of Redcliffe, Kippa-Ring, and Deception Bay - than would a dedicated rail line.

    "The impact assessment study identified a clear need to improve public transport services which would meet the needs of residents in the area.

    "Bus services have the capacity to meet this need.

    Mr Bredhauer said the Government would retain ownership of the corridor.

    MEDIA CONTACT: Louise Foley, 3235 4826 or 0407 966 829 11 July 2003