A welcome announcement for Gold Coast to Brisbane fast rail

A fast rail line from Gold Coast to Brisbane has been given the thumbs up by the Prime Minister.

Scott Morrison has committed $8 million to fund a business case today for the project, that will see a 32 minute commute to Brisbane for Gold Coasters.

The plan will also look at a track down to the Gold Coast Airport.


The current travel time into Brisbane on the existing rail takes 74 minutes with the train travelling at around 69 kilometres an hour.

If the fast rail line goes ahead, the speed would more than double to 160 kilometres an hour.

The line will be part of a congestion busting plan, which is believed to be among five funded rail projects across the country, aiming to better connect capital cities to regional areas.

The Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, is elated with the announcement.

“It’s great news for motorists who are stuck on the M1 particularly those heading north on the Gold Coast through to Brisbane.

“This has been a long time coming but work is now underway,” Ms Andrews said.

While an exact timeline hasn’t been established yet, The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology is confident the plans will stick.

“The money is already committed so it will be in the budget.”

“The Liberal National Government is hitting the button right now to get the business case started.”

“The money is there. We’re ready to go,” Ms Andrews said.

The Gold Coast based MP says she more than understands how desperately this project is needed.

“As a local MP here on the Coast I have worked hard on this for a number of years.

“Just the other day I was driving up to Brisbane and it was two hours from Varsity through to the CBD and that’s just not good enough.

“We need to get people off the M1 and on to rail and fast rail will reduce the time that it takes to commute from the Gold Coast to Brisbane.

“It’s going to be an absolute game changer,” Ms Andrews said.

Deputy Mayor Donna Gates says the announcement is great news for the Gold Coast, but hopes that the construction process will be as quick as possible.

“We’d love to see the business case fast tracked as well as the trains.

“It’s a great thing for this city that we’re being recognised.

“There’s one in seven Australian voters live in the South-East Queensland Quarter.

“We need to be taken seriously, we have terrible congestion, our trains are at capacity, people are standing up.

“It’s time we had some better public transport,” Ms Gates said.

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Absolutely bogus.
$8m will cover the cost of 1 or 2 high speed trains let alone the new track, signalling, station upgrades, personnel.
The state has all their money tied up in the new tunnel. Their next priorities are extending the Springfield Line and maybe after that connecting the Sunshine Coast not putting a second line to the gc.
The current trains run up to 140km/h not 69km/h. Im guessing you have averaged their speed including being stopped at stations.

The current NGR trains have a max speed of 140 km/h but the old tracks, the fact that they’re aren’t straight enough, and the fact that the gauge is small all limit their speed on the Gold Coast line to 69km/h. On average, though in some sections it can get close to 140.

I think the 8 million is just for the feasibility study. Then there’s the environmental impact etc etc etc…I think we might be looking at 20 years down the track.

Why does it say it’s “welcomed” where is proof of that? It’s a hell of allot of money just to arrive 30 mins earlier aprox. Why has everyone gone rail crazy, thinking people will swap their cars for it??? Realistically many will still take cars, why???? Because trains don’t often take you close to your work.

The issue is not the trains. I commute to Brisbane daily from Helensvale, and most of the way between Helensvale and Beenleigh the train is travelling at 140km/h. What slows it down is the heavily congested area on the outskirts of Brisbane, as well as number of stops after Park Road. While Cross-River Rail might address some of these issues, a bullet train would need a new dedicated corridor, which won’t be easy – or cheap!