Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has unveiled a $1 billion plan to speed up train services between the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
The state government has committed $1.12 billion to lay down new tracks, bulldoze existing level crossings and upgrade stations in order to cut travel times and increase the number of services between the two cities.
It’s the first major transport infrastructure announcement ahead of the 2032 Olympic Games in Brisbane.
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“We’ve seen significant growth in South East Queensland over the past two decades, and this will continue with an extra 1.2 million people expected to live in the region by 2036,” the Premier said while announcing the plan on social media on Tuesday.
However, the Premier is calling on Canberra to pitch in as well.
“Today I’m calling on the Federal Government to match our $1.12 billion funding commitment to ensure we can deliver this important project for the people of Queensland,” she said.
Part of the plan will see the track between Kuraby and Beenleigh duplicated, five level crossing removed and nine stations upgraded.
It’s expected the project could create around 900 jobs for the region.
The Premier is expected to release further details later today.