The Gold Coast could find itself only a 30 minute train trip away from Brisbane’s CBD under a new plan by the state opposition to develop a “Very Fast Train” system across South East Queensland.
The LNP today committed $2.4 million for a business study on a network of trains connecting the Gold Coast, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay.
Opposition leader, Tim Nicholls, said the plan would make Brisbane more accessible to regional communities and ideas like this are vital for future growth.
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“People keep telling me how sick and tired they are of politicians’ short sighted-thinking and not planning for the next 10, 15 or even 20 years,” he said.
“I wrote to the Prime Minister about investigating a Queensland high speed rail link, and ‘A Very Fast Trains‘ network is worth exploring as it would help realise a 30-minute city concept for southeast Queensland.”
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has labelled the proposed study as fanciful, saying the Cross River Rail project should be the government’s future focus.
“Tim Nicholls needs to come clean with the people of Queensland today, because what’s at stake is a fully funded, industry backed cross river rail project compared to a very fanciful very fast train system,” she said.
The Labor State Government-backed Cross River Rail is a 10 kilometre long stretch of railway track which would join the north and south sides of Brisbane.
After failing to win financial commitments from Canberra, Labor has committed to fully fund the $5.4 billion required for the build and aims to have it up and running by 2024.