Started by Fares_Fair, September 23, 2013, 21:05:52 PM
Quote from: Stillwater on September 29, 2013, 12:55:08 PM^^^^^^^"There is an active public campaign to bring forward the promised rail duplication from Beerburrum to Landsborough, and then onto Nambour. The current timeframe for completion of these works to Landsborough by 2021, and to Nambour by 2013. These timeframes having been determined by the former Anna Bligh led, Labor Government and reiterated by the new Campbell Newman led, LNP government, despite numerous calls to have the works upgraded as a matter of urgency whilst in opposition."Need to correct ..... 2013 to 2031
Quote from: Fares_Fair on April 19, 2014, 18:40:34 PMUpdated history to include the PUP Media Release of 15 April 2014 where Clive Palmer MP makes the highly spurious claim to have campaigned for rail duplication.There is no evidence to suggest this has occurred except for the statement made in the Release.
QuoteTenders will close later this month for the first works on the Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade, which is set to transform Sunshine Coast hinterland transit centres and improve the region's connection to Brisbane.A 300-space park 'n' ride facility and bus interchange at Landsborough station is one of a number of upgrades in the preliminary-works pipeline and will cut the need for commuters to cross the level crossing to find a carpark.Plans revealed: 333 jobs up for grabs in major rail upgradePark 'n' rides will also be expanded at Nambour and Beerburrum.Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the early works were tipped to deliver 333 jobs, with preliminary works contracts to close later this month and be awarded later this year.The Beerburrum to Nambour (B2N) Rail Upgrade is ready to begin early 2021, with tenders for the design and construction set to open in August 2020. The project includes a number of new road over rail bridges, including at Barrs Rd."We're getting closer to seeing work on the ground and people in jobs on this project which is exciting," Mr Bailey said."We held industry briefings on the project last month to give local businesses some indication on what kind of work was coming down the line."$6.5m investment for hinterland bike and hike trailProposed works for Stage one on the rail upgrade currently include:•Duplication of track north of Beerburrum•Construction of road-over-rail bridges at Beerburrum Rd, Barrs Rd and Burgess St•Expansion of park 'n' rides at Beerburrum, Landsborough and Nambour•Bus interchange at Landsborough•Relocation of utilitiesThe Beerburrum to Nambour (B2N) Rail Upgrade is ready to begin early 2021, with tenders for the design and construction set to open in August 2020. The project aims to better connect the Sunshine Coast with Brisbane.The Beerburrum to Nambour (B2N) Rail Upgrade is ready to begin early 2021, with tenders for the design and construction set to open in August 2020. The project aims to better connect the Sunshine Coast with Brisbane.New 24-hour 7-Eleven opens at hinterland's door'Shovel ready by first budget': Pledge to fix intersectionEarly works to support the upgrade are expected to start early next year, with major construction to follow in 2022.Mr Bailey said eliminating the need for commuters to cross the level crossing to find a carpark at Landsborough was just one of a series of positive design outcomes the Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade would deliver.The Beerburrum to Nambour upgrade will help drive economic benefits for the Sunshine Coast region and Queensland through additional peak hour passenger services, enhanced freight connectivity and improved accessibility.
QuoteBusinessFears Nambour's fast rail dream has become ghost trainBy Scott Sawyer5th Nov 2020 5:00 AMNambour's fast rail dreams might've already run out of steam, with fears the former economic hub of the Coast has been left off high-speed rail plans.Mapping published in September as part of the SEQ Council of Mayors' push for a connected fast rail network in southeast Queensland showed Nambour left off the proposed fast rail corridor.Adding further concern is the inability of North Coast Connect representatives to confirm whether Nambour was even included in the group's fast rail proposal which is currently at a business case assessment stage with Infrastructure Australia.Money train: Light rail investigations near $12mNorth Coast Connect was first floated in 2018 as a fast rail project set to slash travel times to 45 minutes from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane.VISION: A map of a possible future fast rail network in the southeast.The project was being driven by a corporate consortium of Stockland, KPMG, Urbis and Smec, and backed by a group of Queensland MPs including Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien.It was initially pitched as a plan to deliver fast rail services to Nambour and Maroochydore to Brisbane, with a connection to Nambour in five years and Maroochydore in 10 years.It was envisaged a possible 2032 Olympic bid could fast-track federal and state investment in the project, which was seen as a critical element of the SEQ Council of Mayors' vision for a fast rail-connected southeast, with links from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Toowoomba.New council boss has major transport projects to nameThe council of mayors pitched their vision, ConnectedSEQ, with two pricing options, $16.9 billion for a 60-minute region and $28.8 billion for a 45-minute region model.The State Government had already contributed to a fast rail business case currently with Infrastructure Australia for high speed services between Nambour and Brisbane, with a spur line to Maroochydore.But it was understood the numbers were not stacking up to justify a fast train to Nambour, and the omission from recent mapping, which showed a fast rail link diverting at Beerwah and running from Caloundra to Maroochydore, was cause for concern for long-time rail advocate Jeff Addison.Fairfax MP Ted O'Brien and rail advocate Jeff Addison, right, back in 2018.Mr Addison said he understood why the large population centres would be serviced, but he was disappointed if what had initially been touted as a fast rail service to Nambour would now ignore the former mill town."There's a lot of disadvantage heading Nambour's way," Mr Addison said.He said in "20-50 years" Nambour would be in the centre of the Coast's major population hubs, and it needed improved rail services for freight and passenger needs.A North Coast Connect group spokeswoman was unable to confirm if Nambour was being considered by Infrastructure Australia as part of the proposal, or if it had been removed, or only included as an option."The business case is subject to a rigorous and independent assessment by Infrastructure Australia and at this stage we cannot comment further while this process is under way," the spokeswoman said.Fast rail: Travel from Brisbane to Coast in 45 minutesThe spokeswoman had earlier pointed out the North Coast Connect business case had been prepared "independent of the ConnectedSEQ plans" which had been prepared by the Council of Mayors, and it "therefore is not a matter we can comment on".Currie Street, Mill Lane and Nambour Civic Centre from above.The North Coast Connect business case was accepted for Infrastructure Australia evaluation in mid-August."Why can't they confirm it (Nambour is still included in the proposal)," Mr Addison said.He questioned the impartiality of the business case if Nambour had been overlooked, given Stockland was involved in the consortium, and had a "clearly vested interest" in ensuring its major residential development at Caloundra South was serviced by fast rail.Fairfax MP Ted O'Brien said the business case was currently before Infrastructure Australia and he understood it had been presented to the assessment body with options including Nambour.Meanwhile early works were set to begin on the $550 million Beerburrum to Nambour rail duplication upgrade project next year, with first-stage tenders being assessed by the State Government in September.Last week the Council of Mayors said their fast rail network plans were on track, after pre-election commitments from Labor, LNP and the Greens to commit to further exploration of the project, although questions still surrounded the ALP's intention regarding the western corridor.
QuoteSunshine Valley GazetteWednesday 18 November 2020FAST TRACK DE-RAILED. WILL NAMBOUR BE SHUNTED AGAIN?by Jeffrey AddisonSunshine Coast Commuter AdvocateThe announcement was: "The general objective is that we would have fast rail up to Nambour in five years and to Maroochydore in ten years."So said Ted O'Brien, Federal MP for Fairfax, on 18 January 2018 at Nambour rail station. Granted, it wasn't a promise. But it was an ambitious plan.A business case was to be prepared by a consortium comprising Stockland, KPMG, Urbis and SMEC.The North Coast Connect Consortium was one of three proponents to win a share of $20 million in federal funding for a business case. Winners were announced in March 2018.The Consortium was hamstrung by a limited budget from the outset. The Queensland Government made no monetary contribution towards the business case, but offered an 'in-kind' contribution (of reports and information) that they valued at $5 million.The business case was completed in December 2019, submitted to the new National Faster Rail Agency (NFRA) and handed to the State Government in February 2020. It was submitted to Infrastructure Australia in August 2020.The North Coast Connect Consortium was originally tasked to investigate options for upgrades along the existing rail corridor from Brisbane to Nambour and a spur line from Beerwah to Maroochydore. The objective: a 45 minute trip to Brisbane.What is of concern is that the National Faster Rail Agency website now shows that route options have changed to what was announced at Nambour on that sunny January morning. It says "The detailed business case investigated options for a spur line from Beerwah to Maroochydore, upgrades along the existing corridor from Brisbane to Beerwah (not Nambour) and a range of faster rail speeds."When did that criteria change, why did it change, and why weren't we told?Beerwah to Nambour residents (with a single track rail line) deserve to know why their fast rail has been derailed.If not fast rail, at least ensure they get duplicated tracks for their tortuous, congested, freight-shared corridor.The NCCC could not confirm if Nambour fast rail was in the mix.Ted O'Brien MP said that he understood that it had been presented with options to Nambour.Why does the National Faster Rail Agency website state otherwise?I ask the National Faster Rail Agency to release the business case in the interests of transparency, once Infrastructure Australia has released their report on it.A consortium with members interested in a fast rail line to their Caloundra invested developments will never be amenable to it reaching Nambour first. Perhaps the plan was flawed from the start.I am not against a fast rail service to Maroochydore. If the Federal and/or State Governments want to fund it and the advantaged proponents make significant contributions towards it, then please do so.Passenger rail services are heavily subsidised by the state government (and so they should, we pay taxes).For every $1 a commuter pays, it costs the state $3.I have always campaigned for Nambour rail duplication due to the freight benefits which are economic and positive.Improved passenger services are collateral advantage.Nambour doesn't deserve more hardship – headed its way on a single track.MAP: Recent mapping from the SEQ Council of Mayors showed no fast rail corridor being continued through to Nambour fuelling fears the former mill town, hospital hub and council HQ may miss out yet again.
QuoteBusinessREVEALED: The $10b rail plan 'bypassing' NambourQld to benefit from $80 billion in infrastructure projectsby Scott Sawyer16th Nov 2020 11:30 AMA fast rail connection tipped to cost almost $10 billion is one of two options, both appearing to bypass Nambour, preferred by a consortium pushing for high-speed rail.The options were revealed in secret briefing documents from a report presented to stakeholders on a site tour of the region in July, 2019.Nine short-listed options for North Coast Connect were compiled, with two recommended as worthwhile pursuing.The two options put forward for progression focused on connecting Maroochydore to Brisbane.The North Coast Connect project was launched in 2018 with a pitch to slash travel times from the Coast to Brisbane to 45 minutes.Fears Nambour's fast rail dream has become ghost trainThe project was being driven by a corporate consortium of Stockland, KPMG, Urbis and Smec, and backed by a group of Queensland MPs including Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien.The project steering committee included the SEQ Council of Mayors, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane councils as well as the private sector.Recent SEQ Council of Mayors mapping published showed a proposed fast rail corridor from Beerwah heading east along the CAMCOS corridor, with Beerwah to Nambour remaining on the Citytrain corridor.North Coast Connect was initially pitched as a plan to deliver fast rail services from Nambour and Maroochydore to Brisbane, with a connection to Nambour in five years and Maroochydore in 10 years.The two preferred options, estimated to cost between $5.42 billion - $5.85 billion and $9.13 billion - $9.49 billion respectively, both relied on upgrades on the North Coast Line as far north as Beerwah, with the existing track to remain in place from Beerwah to Nambour.A new track would be built from Beerwah along the CAMCOS corridor to Maroochydore, servicing Stockland's Aura community at Caloundra South, with other proposed stops at Caloundra, Kawana and Maroochydore, and onto Sunshine Coast Airport in the second preferred option.VISION: A map of a possible future fast rail network in the southeast, showing no fast rail corridor to Nambour.Both preferred routes also included plans for a 700m stretch of tunnel through Little Mountain.Project objectives included in the July, 2019 briefing were the "realisation of land-use development objectives including urban densification and greenfield development" as well as improved transport efficiency and sub-one hour travel time between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.Money train: Light rail investigation nears $12mDemand for commuter trips from Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane was forecast to increase by about 62 per cent by 2041.The briefing papers cited a minimum journey time of two hours between Nambour and Brisbane during morning peaks, despite the preferred options not delivering new or upgraded tracks from Beerwah to Nambour."Without intervention, the transport network will be unable to support regional growth," the document stated.Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien was understood to have requested from Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge a briefing from the National Faster Rail Agency on the full details of the North Coast Connect business case, including what was handed over to Infrastructure Australia for Evaluation.It was understood probity advisers had been appointed to oversee the business case development process.Fairfax MP Ted O'Brien. Picture: Patrick WoodsA spokeswoman for Stockland said the company's role in the business case "has now concluded and the final business case is subject to consideration by governments"."Any inquiries related to the North Coast Connect business case can be directed to the Federal Government," the spokeswoman said.An Infrastructure Australia spokeswoman confirmed the organisation was currently evaluating the North Coast Connect business case, having accepted it for evaluation in August.The spokeswoman cited the Infrastructure Australia website, which said the North Coast Connect proposal included a "new dedicated track along the existing North Coast Line between Brisbane and Beerwah, and a new rail corridor to connect coastal population centres including Maroochydore and Caloundra to the North Coast Line".The National Faster Rail Agency website stated the detailed business case "investigated options for a spur line from Beerwah to Maroochydore, upgrades along the existing corridor from Beerwah to Brisbane and a range of faster rail speeds".Nambour Chamber of Commerce president Timothy Smith said the business community was demanding the town be added back into plans for the proposed fast rail corridor.He said the recent mapping which showed Nambour not included in the fast rail corridor had sparked outrage, and ignoring Nambour in fast rail plans would "represent breathtaking short-sightedness"."Nambour is a thriving business and cultural hub for the Sunshine Coast, and that's only set to intensify as our population expands," Mr Smith said.Stockland's Caloundra South development Aura is set for a stop on the proposed fast rail line, according to the preferred options. Picture: Patrick Woods"To exclude Nambour from the fast rail network is to ignore the vital part our town plays in the expansion of the Coast's population and economy over the next 50 years and beyond."Our community is crying out for a more efficient connection to Brisbane, and a high-speed rail network will facilitate this and also allow for more visitation not only to our part of the Sunshine Coast but provide for a way of decongesting the road network on the coast by way of the bus / rail interchange in Nambour."New council boss has major transport wins to nameHe said the Chamber would launch a campaign to have Nambour reinstated in considerations.The consortium's two preferred options were forecast to slash travel times from Roma St to Caloundra to 58 minutes and 43 minutes and from Roma St to Maroochydore to 67 minutes and 57 minutes.The two options had average speeds of 103km/h and 114km/h and maximum speeds of 190km/h and 240km/h respectively.Further analysis revealed a time saving on one of the preferred options from Caboolture to Beerwah of more than 11 minutes compared to current Queensland Rail peak period travel times and more than 12 minutes from Petrie to Caboolture on the other preferred route.Both options were proposed to be operated by Queensland Rail, services running every half-hour in peak periods and hourly in off-peak periods.There are fears Nambour station could be left off the map when it comes to a fast rail service to the Sunshine Coast. Picture: John McCutcheonDetails of possible staging of each of the preferred options was also documented.Connections from Beerwah to Caloundra (2024-2027) and Caloundra to Maroochydore (2027-2029) were the first two stages of both proposals, while the final stage of the second preferred option was to connect Maroochydore to Sunshine Coast Airport (2035-2036).The potential for public-private partnerships was also raised as part of the staging section of the briefing papers, with the CAMCOS aspect of the route offering "potential for PPP delivery as an early stage".That was in part due to the connection it would provide to major employment and residential catchments of Caloundra South, Kawana and Maroochydore, although the Caboolture to Beerwah stretch provided the greatest time saving per dollar spent according to the modelling.Package sizes of between $1 billion - $4 billion were understood to be considered the best option by contractors for a staged delivery.
QuoteBUSINESSRail advocate calls for audit office probe of Nambour 'snub' Jeff Addison during his long hall commute from Brisbane to Palmwoods back in 2015. Picture: Marc Robertson By SCOTT SAWYER17th Nov 2020 5:00 AMA dedicated commuter advocate has called for an investigation into the business case for North Coast Connect if reported site tours failed to include Nambour.The Daily revealed on Monday that two options out of nine short-listed had been pushed for progression by the consortium behind the proposal.The consortium was made up of Stockland, KPMG, Urbis and Smec.The options both focus on fast rail links from Beerwah to Maroochydore along the CAMCOS corridor, with Nambour appearing to remain stuck with the existing track.The two options were estimated to cost between $5.42 billion to $5.85 billion and $9.13 billion to $9.49 billion respectively.The news of Nambour's apparent snub prompted outcry from the Nambour Chamber of Commerce and it was understood Fairfax MP Ted O'Brien had sought a full briefing of the business case currently under evaluation by Infrastructure Australia.Long-time Coast rail advocate Jeff Addison said he felt the whole business case process had been "suborned". Fairfax MP Ted O'Brien and rail advocate Jeff Addison at the time of the North Coast Connect push taking off.He said the initial announcement, which had spruiked a fast rail link to Nambour in five years and Maroochydore in 10, was clearly not what had been sent for evaluation.He said he would be interested to see exactly what was in the business case that went to Infrastructure Australia.Fears Nambour's fast rail dream has become ghost trainMr Addison said the site tour the Daily reported to have taken place in July last year raised questions about the propriety of the whole situation, given the business case was still being developed."Did that tour include a site tour at Nambour?" Mr Addison asked.If not, he said he thought it demanded investigation by the Australian National Audit Office.He also questioned why Mr O'Brien had not been kept in the loop, and who advised the change to remove Nambour from the preferred options."It raises a lot more questions certainly about what went on behind the scenes," Mr Addison said.He said the fact the preferred options serviced major Stockland developments raised "serious questions" although the Daily understood probity advisers had overseen the business case development process."To see the whole process suborned is reprehensible," Mr Addison said.
QuoteSunshine Valley Gazette18 November 2020O'Brien seeks clarification from Minister and agencyFairfax MP Ted O'Brien, pictured, is seeking a 'please explain' over Nambour's omission from fast rail plans for South East Queensland.A map, published in September, as part of the Southeast Queensland Council of Mayors' push for a connected fast rail network showed Nambour left off the proposed fast rail corridor.The original plan included Nambour as the first option, with a Beerwah to Maroochydore option as Stage 2.Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien who has been pushing for the ambitious plan since 2018, said he'd written letters to Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge and the Faster Rail Agency."I too want to get to the bottom of this," he said. "I've written a please explain to the National Faster Rail Agency and also written to Minister Tudge requesting a full briefing on the North Coast Connect Consortium business case. This is since hearing that apparently there's something on the agency website saying Nambour's out. It has not been confirmed with me either way."So the fight continues. The only way to get these projects is to have a go and I'll continue to have a go in the interests of Nambour and the Coast."Mr O'Brien said the project was to include a new line to Maroochydore and a train line between Brisbane and Nambour which would allow for speeds between 140kph to 210kph depending on the engineering solution.The current average speed on the line between the Sunshine Coast and the state's capital is about 55kph.
QuoteWhat do you think the Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade (B2N) actually is?If you thought it was full rail duplication to Nambour, you have been sadly dis-track't-ed.The problem is borne out of the limited funding for the 122.6km Sunshine Coast line from Caboolture to Gympie North (and all part of the North Coast Line) and it's enmeshed in the 80/20 federal/state funding squabble that continues to this day.You may recall that I did an Opinion Piece on this in the SVG (August 26, 2020 p20).[The original project cost was $780 million, the state contributed $160.8 million (20%) and the commonwealth contributed $390 million (50%), leaving it 30% short-changed. This was the first time in history that our Sunshine Coast rail received federal funding. Public transport, including rail, is primarily the responsibility of the state.]In actuality, today's short-changed project comprises just 13.8km of rail duplication from Beerburrum to Glasshouse Mountains to (1.5km north) Beerwah.Yep, it's just two and a bit stations long for a $550.8 million price tag.The dual tracks stop shy of where the 20 year long-proposed CAMCOS heavy rail corridor is planned to branch off.The current project could best be known as the Beerburrum to Woombye Rail Upgrade (B2W) IF you include the proposed passing loop extensions at Landsborough, Eudlo and Woombye.Unfortunately, those passing loop extensions (which will improve freight) are only included in the stage 2 works – and there is not one dollar allocated to stage 2 at this point in time. [Refer: Catch 22 funding squabble above].That said, these passing loop extensions MUST be done on an improved alignment or else they will lock in the current tortuous alignment for decades to come.Thus, there will be NO freight improvements under this current stage 1 rail plan.The 2016 Business Case (BC) says there will be a 3 minute travel time saving for commuters from Caboolture to Nambour, but that was when the #2tracks actually went to Landsborough.It seems futile explaining that the shortest rail passing loop in the entire 1668km North Coast Line (NCL) is located at Palmwoods – because it's not slated to be extended. That loop is 683m long and can only accommodate a freight train up to 650m long. The problem for the NCL being that Queensland should have freight trains 1500m long. But I digress.The B2N Rail Upgrade according to the 2016 BC was a $780 million (around 20km) 'rail' project, comprising road re-alignments, road over rail overpasses and carpark (park 'n' ride) expansions at Beerburrum, Landsborough, Palmwoods and Nambour. The carparks are to cope with the expected passenger demand by 2036. The bus interchange at Landsborough is a new addition to the works, not mentioned in the 2016 BC.Here are some gems from that 2016 Business Case on what is needed:'Duplication of the Beerburrum to Nambour section of the North Coast line is explicitly mentioned in this strategy as a key transport investment priority and is expected to contribute to achieving the objective of expanding the use of rail freight through improving the efficiency, availability and capacity of the freight paths on the North Coast line.' or this beauty;'Freight demand By 2023, currently available operator-preferred freight paths on the North Coast line will be at capacity and from this point onwards, additional freight will have to travel via road, given the insufficient availability of train paths between Beerburrum and Nambour.'I am in favour of calling stage 1 of the project the 'Beerburrum to Beerwah Rail Upgrade' (B2B) with lots of roadworks and carparks (needed by 2036).Meanwhile the freight task which has a 2023 deadline gets put on the funding back-burner. It calls into question the expertise of the decision-makers.The Bruce Highway is being upgraded for 6 lanes from Caboolture to the Sunshine Motorway, Mooloolaba and rest assured those extra lanes will soon be taken up by more cars and an even whole lot more B-double semi-trailers from 2023.I usually say 'safe travels' or 'stay safe' to friends on road trips. From 2023, that is about to become much more difficult.
Quote from: Fares_Fair on December 04, 2020, 23:34:58 PMOne passenger train can take 500 cars off the roads.
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