Inspire : Public Works Mar Apr 2015
32 Public Works Professional March-April 2015 Plans for the addition of a spur joining the main North Coast Rail Line at Petrie in Queensland date as far back as the 1800s. The frst known reference to the addition of a rail link leading east through the suburbs to Redcliffe can be attributed to a local alderman who proposed that a new line be built to the peninsular at an estimated cost of 200,000 pounds. Although land for the project was acquired in the late 1970s, it wasn’t until 2003 that the Queensland Government’s study of the Petrie to Kippa-Ring Public Transport Cor ridor provided the foundation for the project and determined heavy rail was the best option. In July 2010, an intergover nmental agreement was signed between the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council to build the project. What particularly set the project apart was that all three levels of gover nment committed funds totalling $1.147bn. "Although plans have been in place for the Moreton Bay Rail Project for more than a century, the partnership of the Federal and State governments and Moreton Bay Regional Council was crucial to making construction a reality in a region consistently recognised as one of Australia’s fastest growing urban areas,” says Lindsay McLeod, Manager Major Projects (Moreton Bay Rail Link) from Moreton Bay Regional Council. The federal government committed $742m, the Queensland Government committed $300m, and Moreton Bay Regional Council committed $105m. STRATEGIC CASE Moreton Bay Regional Council is the third largest local government in Australia with a population exceeding 400,000 people, which is expected to grow to more than 530,000 by 2031. More than 40 per cent of regional growth in the area can be attributed to the areas surrounding the proposed railway corridor. The business case for the Moreton Bay Rail Link took into account the potential for transit orientated development and other investment in areas in proximity to the project's new stations. “The delivery of fast, sustainable and accessible public transport will alleviate pressure on the Bruce Highway with every full train removing up to 600 cars from the road network,” says Mayor Allan Sutherland. “Our Intergovernmental agreement with Canberra and George Street also delivers upgrades to local roads ser ving the six new train stations, new road bridges and shared use pathways along the full length of the corridor.” The project team includes representatives from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland BIG PROJECT DOITONOUR ONLINE FORUMS: Visit goo.gl/9IpM0a to discuss this article. MORE TO ADD? ON TRACK FOR SUCCESS Three tiers of government have backed the Moreton Bay Rail Link project. PWPro speaks to the people responsible.
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