Moreton Bay Rail Link on track to open in October

MORETON Bay's biggest public infrastructure project in more than a generation—the Moreton Bay Rail Link—is on track to open in early October, the Australian and Queensland governments announced last week.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said the $1 billion Moreton Bay Rail Link (MBRL) project is set to officially open on Monday 3 October 2016.

"We are inviting all members of the community to celebrate the official opening of this critical piece of rail infrastructure on 3 October, with regular passenger services scheduled to commence the following day," Mr Fletcher said.

"The community day is a chance to thank the people of the Moreton Bay region for their patience during construction, and also provide them with an opportunity to experience for themselves the new rail line linking Petrie and Kippa-Ring, the new stations and the shared pathway adjacent the rail corridor."

Artist's impression of Moreton Bay Rail project
Above: Artist's impression of Moreton Bay Rail project / Thiess.

Queensland Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe said the new rail link will be transformational for the region, especially for suburbs adjacent to the 12.6 kilometre rail line between Petrie and Kippa-Ring. The rail line includes six new stations at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Kinsellas Road, Rothwell and Kippa-Ring.

"From Tuesday 4 October, regular passenger services will commence together with an all new-look public transport network including more buses and higher frequency services for locals," Mr Hinchliffe said.

"When the line opens there will be more than 650 train services a week between Kippa-Ring and Brisbane, trains every six to 12 minutes in morning and afternoon peaks and trains every 30 minutes in off-peak periods and during weekends."

The $1.026 billion project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $595 million, the Queensland Government committing $323 million and Moreton Bay Regional Council committing $108 million.

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