Since being elected at the end of January, it has been my pleasure to have had 3 briefings from the Moreton Bay Rail Link team. I have been able to inspect parts of the line and several of the stations, including the new bus/rail interchange at Mango Hill to see the progress first hand.
The rail line will transform this area, and change the way people commute into Brisbane for either work, or pleasure. It will cut commuting times for workers, with a full 6 carriage train removing 600 cars off our roads and highways. It will also enable easier, more convenient access for those who want to head in to catch a game, a concert, and shop or visit the Cultural Centre.
Track is currently being laid across the 14km line, and it recently crossed the Bruce Highway and through Mango Hill Station. Construction of the 22 bridges across the project are all either underway or complete. Work on the more than 2,800 carparks over the 6 new stations will begin shortly.
The long-awaited rail line is on track for an on-time arrival mid next year, more than 100 years after the idea was first considered. It took State and Federal Labor governments working together with the Moreton Bay Regional Council to bring this essential piece of infrastructure to our region.