Coast reacts as Gold Coast rail plans get nod ahead of Coast
AS THE Gold Coast today scored a green light in early-2016 for the final stage of its heavy rail duplication to Brisbane, Coast MPs and others have vented frustration at the Coast's inability to achieve State Government support.
Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson slammed Treasurer Curtis Pitt after yesterday's announcement, as the Coast's own duplication plans are swept up in bureaucracy, while question marks linger over other major projects in the region including the Mooloolah River Interchange roads network around the new Kawana Health Precinct.
"I suggest the Treasurer take the train to and from the Sunshine Coast and tell us why he doesn't think the Sunshine Coast's rail duplication is important," Ms Simpson said.
"His announcement today of the final duplication of rail to the Gold Coast without committing to the Sunshine Coast is a kick in the guts for the region.
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A TransLink spokeswoman explained there were planning works underway to address the Coast's rail network needs.
"The Department of Transport and Main Roads is working with Queensland Rail to develop an Action Plan for the North Coast line between Nambour and Cairns," the spokeswoman said.
"The Action Plan is currently in the preliminary planning stage.
"The business case phase of the Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade Project will investigate options to address the current deficiencies in the network to improve travel times, reliability and service frequency for passenger and freight services.
"As the project is in the business case development phase, the department has not finalised the project scope."
Meanwhile the State Treasury repeated further commitments to Gold Coast rail with the release of its Mid Year Fiscal and Economic Review, which again highlighted plans to fund stage two of the Gold Coast light rail network with savings found in the current Department of Transport and Main Roads budget.
Concerns were raised today as to what the commitments mean for the future of the Coast and its key infrastructure.