RACQ supports call for fast rail business case

RACQ has supported calls to progress the business case for south east Queensland’s fast rail network.

The Courier Mail reported SEQ Mayors were meeting Federal Government ministers today to brief them on a plan to connect Brisbane, Gold Coast and Toowoomba by fast rail which could see commuters get to their destination in as little as 45 minutes.  

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said RACQ supported the SEQ Council of Mayor’s proposal, where every commuter could travel from their home to the Brisbane CBD in 45 minutes.

“The real question is weighing up all the alternative projects and making sure we have long-term, strategic planning and funding," MrTurner said.

“We need to bust congestion across SEQ through a combination of public, private and active transport to ensure we maintain the region’s lifestyle in the decades ahead.

“We are urging the Federal, State and Local Governments to combine through the SEQ City Plan and the Olympics bid to undertake business cases on the key transport alternatives to make sure we get the priorities right.

“Fast rail sounds fantastic, but we needed to see a business case to understand the true costs and benefits for the region.

“What we’d like to see, in the meantime, is critical public transport infrastructure like Beerburrum to Nambour and Cross River Rail being delivered, with a focus on fast tracking progress on other vital rail projects such as the Brisbane-Gold Coast rail network capacity project, Cleveland rail duplication, Ipswich to Springfield and Salisbury to Beaudesert projects to deliver travel speed and accessibility improvements across the wider network.

“Public transport projects are vital but we can’t afford not to be acting now on future-proofing our State.”

Mr Turner said while better travel times were part of the equation, services also needed to be frequent, affordable, and reliable.

“It’s crucial we act and plan now, so we have a network that meets our needs now and into the future.

“We also need to ensure that the transport connects those key growth areas like the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and the massive developments occurring to the south west of Brisbane.”