RACQ calls for release of fast rail business case

RACQ has called for plans for south east Queensland’s fast rail network to be released ahead of Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Olympics.

Brisbane Times reported federal member Ted O’Brien MP had called for an upcoming business case to be considered for a high-speed rail link between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, with connections between the Gold Coast, Ipswich and Toowoomba to follow in the future. 

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the Club considered upgrades to the North Coast rail line a necessity, as the current network would struggle to cope with current population growth, let alone the influx of prospective international visitors.

“Transport is one of the biggest factors when it comes to any major event but the public transport system we’ve currently got is in need of a major overhaul to make it a success,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Regardless of the outcome of the imminent Olympics bid, we need to see the Beerburrum to Nambour rail duplication delivered so we can start meeting demand now and not play catch up later.”

RACQ’s recent Transport Priorities Survey, which asked Queenslanders how they would allocate a hypothetical $100 million to improve their local transport network, found Sunshine Coast residents would spend around a third of their budget on public transport.  

“It’s clear the current transport system isn’t up to scratch and locals agree. Of those that responded to our survey, around half said they considered the Beerburrum to Nambour rail duplication and fast rail projects to be important for the region,” Ms Ritchie said.

“This is why we’re calling for the release of the fast rail business case and for all levels of government to work together to deliver the complimentary projects which will support our growing regions.”