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$1.15 billion, and it looks like might actually be going ahead.

Moreton Bay Rail Link remains on track
Tony Moore , December 3, 2010 - 11:19AM, Comments 8
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/que...ail-link-remains-on-track-20101203-18il0.html


A map of the proposed Petrie to Kippa-Ring rail link. Photo: Queensland Government

A funding agreement for one of the mostly highly anticipated infrastructure projects in southeast Queensland was formalised this morning.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh today signed a document ensuring the $1.15 billion Moreton Bay Rail Link, which will run from Petrie to Kippa Ring, will proceed.

The rail link was first proposed in 1895 and has been an election issue in the seat of Petrie on numerous occasions in recent decades.


Signing off on the deal ... Moreton Bay mayor Allan Sutherland, Premier Anna Bligh and Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: Tony Moore

The federal government will commit $742 million to the proposal, with the Queensland government chipping in $300 million and Moreton Bay Regional Council contributing $105 million.

Ms Gillard this morning said she had returned to Brisbane an election pledge to contribute financial support to the rail line

"With the signing of this agreement, it is absolutely all systems go for the Moreton Bay Rail Line," she said


Prime Minister Julia Gillard addresses the crowd at last night's community cabinet at Clontarf Beach State High School. Photo: Tony Moore


Moreton Bay mayor Allan Sutherland said he felt like "he was dreaming" just after the document was signed.

"For every man, woman and child that uses a car, [this] is a clean, greener way to get to work, to get to school and to get to university," he said.

Premier Anna Bligh acknowledged the project had been promised many times and never delivered.

"I was determined that I would not promise this rail link unless I could deliver it," she said

Survey work has already commenced and Moreton Bay Regional Council has already produced a master plan for the project.

The 12.5 kilometre rail link will include six new stations at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Kinsellas Road, Rothwell, and Kippa-Ring.

Construction will start in 2012 and be finished by 2016.

The agreement was announced last night at Ms Gillard's first community cabinet in Queensland, which was held at Clontarf Beach State High School, in the marginal seat of Petrie, to Brisbane's north.

"I know there were a number of people who were very pessimistic about whether this would ever actually come to fruition," Petrie MP Yvette D'Ath told the audience.

Loud applause rang out when Ms D'Ath confirmed the intergovernmental agreement would be signed.

After the meeting, Ms D'Ath outlined some of the challenges of the project, which will run over the Bruce Highway.

"The infrastructure there is quite significant," she said. "There are a number of small bridges that need to be built and we are going along an environmental corridor - along the back of Hayes Inlet - so it is really important that we have minimal impact on the environment as we possibly can."

Ms D'Ath said the rail project was driven by population growth.

"We know that [suburbs] Griffin and Mango Hill particularly are the third fastest-growing areas in southeast Queensland."
 

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Is this pure vote buying, or is there actually a large population out there that commutes to Brisbane each day? (Apologies for not having a better knowledge of SEQ)
 

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Some Key details:

Website (Transport and Main Roads): http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/moretonbayrail

Map/design: Moreton Bay Rail Link region map (PDF, 832.3 KB)

Newsletter: November 2010 Newsletter (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Online survey: To participate in the survey about the Moreton Bay Rail Link project, please view the Online Survey page. Closes February 2011. You can also sign up for updates here.

Community open days (last one):
Redcliffe – Redcliffe Library, 460 Oxley Avenue
Saturday 4 December 2010, Between 10am - 3pm

Concise Overview from Website: Moreton Bay Rail Link will deliver a 12.6 km dual-track rail line between Petrie and Kippa-Ring. Six new rail stations will be delivered as part of the project at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Kinsellas Road, Rothwell and Kippa-Ring. The $1.15 billion required for the project will be provided jointly by the Commonwealth Government ($742 million), Queensland Government ($300 million plus land) and Moreton Bay Regional Council ($105 million). The Queensland Government has also contributed land valued at $120 million to the project.

Detailed Report: Lots of detailed information and maps in the Moreton Bay Rail Link Change report
 

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The locals prob still wont be convinced til the first trains rolls in.
agree, but it looks more likely now than its been in the past.

Should be extended to Redcliffe!
i've always believed it could run along/under Anzac Ave and terminate in Redcliffe. But this is better than nothing.
 

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Is this pure vote buying, or is there actually a large population out there that commutes to Brisbane each day? (Apologies for not having a better knowledge of SEQ)
It's politically similar to the Rowville proposals, but a lot more viable as it can fit into the network quite easily and will serve an important centre at North Lakes. Highly necessary to stop that whole axis on the northside from devolving into even more soulless sprawl.

Important thing about this project is that it can operate within the existing network constraints (ie it won't need $8bn or more worth of Cross River Rail to work from day 1, it just can't reach its full potential without the capacity CRR will absorb from the other lines).
 

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How can a 12.5km line with 6 new stations be $1bn cheaper than a 12km link with 2 stations in Sydney (that runs through what is now farmland)???
 

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i've always believed it could run along/under Anzac Ave and terminate in Redcliffe. But this is better than nothing.
Yes!

Always my thought that the rail line should run as a cut and cover tunnel along Anzac Av to just beyond Oxley Av and the parklands there redeveloped with community facilities consolidated as part of the upgrade. No park and ride there naturally.

It will feature in future transport policies of state political parties, that'll be a certainty, as has the rail line itself for the last 115 years.
 

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Underground as far as the Redcliffe Jetty or Oxley Avenue would be nice, but I'd be equally happy with Hornibrook bus services that run at respectable frequencies (and on Sundays) and coordinate properly at Kippa-Ring, North Lakes and Sandgate (there will still be a market for travel there).
 

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^Oxley Avenue is about a close as you'd need to go to the shoreline...Any closer and your walk up catchment starts being in the bay!

Anyway, Anzac Avenue is wide enough to have BRT down it anyway, so that's always an option....It's the approach they use in Rockingham WA to get people from the station to the water front, to the extent that there are actual bus only roads (A lite version of the busways seen in Brisbane) for some parts of the route:
http://www.nearmap.com/?ll=-32.292012,115.756127&z=18&t=k&nmd=20101023
 

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Anzac Ave isn't wide enough for BRT, the median strip is only around one lane wide at the most. BRT isn't necessary anyway as traffic along that stretch of Anzac Ave isn't bad.
 

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A quick look at the aerials suggests that you could use the parking lane as a full-time bus lane anyway - road widening only required at a couple of intersections.
 

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after having a quick look, it would seem the almost grid like road layout of Redcliffe could be effectively serviced by only a few bus routes feeding towards kippa ring.
 

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Images from the 15th Feb:

Kippa Ring Railway Station








Kenna Park from Anzac Ave




Rothwell Station will be buit near the trees in the distance, the line would run behind what is now an area of private property, power substation and Saltwater Creek reserves.


Mango Hill Railway Station








Halpine Drive


Freshwater Creek Road
 

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I am using imageshack here, should be more reliable. Mayby try right click and 'show image', or just copy and paste the url directly to the browser. Hope it works, let me know otherwise. Cheers.

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