Don’t be fooled with all this talk that rail duplication to Nambour will ease the traffic situation on the Bruce Highway plus give us a better rail service to Brisbane....
It will do neither.
For a better rail service we need a better rail timetable to Brisbane.
So why can’t we have an improved rail timetable NOW as there is currently plenty of track capacity ?
The extra train services, following rail duplication, that are being claimed by politicians are simply not possible because of current track capacity between Northgate and the City.
Let us ask the Mayor :
1 Have you undertaken a survey to see if the coastal strip residents will travel to say Nambour or Woombye to take the train to Brisbane after duplication ?
2 If residents from the coastal strip will drive to the rail – where will they park and who will pay for the car parks ?
3 During construction of the rail duplication between Landsborough and Nambour who will pay for the roads upgrade to handle the volume of construction truck movements? (most roads in the area are tar sprayed onto graded gravel and 10mm blue metal thrown onto the wet tar - and in no way capable of handling massive truck movements)
4 Has the Mayor checked with the State Government that QR will be provided with all the additional trains (and drivers) needed to provide these new services ?
5 Has the Mayor checked with the State Government that they will fund a re signalling programme from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast to give greater track capacity ?
A few weeks ago the QR CEO stated that QR were reducing Sunshine Coast week-end services due to the lack of patronage.
We have to look at railway history ....... during the 1800’s in the U.K. rail lines were built often miles from villages and the local stations not used.
You have to take the railway to the population otherwise the population will not go to the railway.
In the case of the Sunshine Coast the population is on the coastal strip - so the railway from Beerwah to Maroochydore should be the priority - not rail duplication to the sparse population of the Hinterland towns and villages.
But then that is common sense .......