Premier & Trade
The Honourable Peter Beattie
New Reedy Ck Rail Link Centrepiece Of $123M Gold Coast Rail Plan
Premier & Trade
The Honourable Peter Beattie
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
New Reedy Ck Rail Link Centrepiece Of $123M Gold Coast Rail PlanThe Beattie Government will extend the Gold Coast rail line from Robina to Reedy Creek and duplicate the rail line from Helensvale to Robina, in a $123 million Gold Coast transport bonanza.
Premier Peter Beattie and Transport Minister Paul Lucas said today the major new investment in rail would revolutionise public transport in one of Queensland's growth corridors.
"We will build a new railway station, lay 20km of new track, construct tunnels, erect road and rail bridges, build new roads, and create hundreds of parking spaces," Mr Beattie said.
"This initiative will feature in the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan the government will release next month.
"It's the first stage of a longer-range plan to build a rail line to Tugun and then to Coolangatta, ensuring a first-class rail service for the Gold Coast of the future," Mr Beattie said.
Under the $123 million project the government will: - Build a new railway station at Reedy Creek and link it to Robina by laying a 4.1km extension of the Gold Coast line. This is due for completion in mid-2009, at a total cost of $35 million; - Duplicate the 15.9 km railway line between Helensvale and Robina, creating more capacity for increased Gold Coast rail services. This is due for completion by late 2008 at a cost of $88 million; - Build 300m of rail tunnel, eight new rail bridges, four new road bridges, 460m of new road, about 600 car spaces, five bus bays and a kiss-and-ride; and - Build a new transit interchange at Reedy Creek, to link trains with bus and taxi services to the coastal strip and the Tweed. Mr Beattie said: "We are acting now to meet escalating demand for rail travel on the Gold Coast, where the population is set to soar to 520,000 by 2011.
"Today's $123 million announcement means a total of $370 million has been committed in the past 16 months to improve Brisbane to Gold Coast rail services," the Premier said.
Minister Lucas said: "By the end of 2008, there will be an extra three services to and from Robina, in both the morning and afternoon peaks, and some three-car services will be upgraded to six-car services.
"An extra 1350 seats will be provided in each peak period."
Mr Lucas said around 2.9 million passengers were now using the Gold Coast line, up from 2.6 million in 2000/2001.
He said the Reedy Creek station site is immediately to the south of the Powerlink substation, south of Varsity Lakes and west of Tallebudgera.
"The station can be built fairly quickly because the Queensland Government already owns the land.
"The proposed line will pass under Robina Town Centre Drive south of Robina station, then travel west of Laver Drive and under Robina Parkway.
"It will follow a line east of the Pacific Motorway, cross Coromandel Lane and proceed south to the Powerlink Substation through an extension of Scottsdale Drive to the Reedy Creek interchange.
"Nearby car parking for around 600 cars, with pedestrian access to the station, and a kiss-and-ride area will also be provided as part of the project."
Mr Lucas said TransLink bus services would get a further big boost from the new Reedy Creek rail station.
A new bus interchange at the station will provide a better place for passengers to transfer from rail to buses servicing Varsity Lakes, Burleigh Heads, Tugun and Coolangatta.
"There will be travel time savings of up to 10 minutes," Mr Lucas said.
"Bus operator cost savings, due to the fact that buses will only have to travel to Reedy Creek rather than Robina, can be reinvested in the local bus network.
"Since TransLink was introduced in July last year, Surfside bus patronage has increased by 17%."
Mr Lucas said a draft environmental planning study for the Helensvale to Robina upgrade, with consultation with the local community, was scheduled to begin late next month.
"Community consultation for the Robina to Reedy Creek upgrade is expected to be undertaken by November 2005 when the preliminary design work should be completed," he said.
In November 2003 the Queensland Government announced $247 million for a third track between Salisbury and Kuraby stations, a second track between Ormeau and Coomera, and more trains for extra peak hour services. These measures will reduce travel time, particularly in peak hours, because trains will not have to wait at stations to pass each other.
Media contact: Minister's office - Paul Childs 3237 1942 Premier's office - 3224 4500
15 March 2005