Local Company Secures The Beerburrum To Nambour Rail Upgrade Contract
Local company Hall Contracting has been awarded the early works construction contract for the jointly funded Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade (B2N). The early works construction will unlock the first of 333 overall jobs expected to be created by the project.
The project is another reminder of the Federal Liberal-Nationals Government’s record nationwide $110 billion infrastructure investment plan connecting communities.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said early works would provide a shot in the arm for local jobs on the Sunshine Coast.
“The Queensland Government is delivering a record $27.5 billion roads and transport infrastructure investment program and Sunshine Coast road and rail upgrades are a major component of that program,” Mr Bailey said.
“The efforts of the Sunshine Coast community to help manage the health impacts of the pandemic has meant we’ve been able to get on with delivering our COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan and keep work moving on projects like the $932 million Bruce Highway upgrade from Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway.”Mark Bailey
The upgrade is one of several projects planned to improve the freight and passenger connection between Brisbane and Cairns.
“The Beerburrum to Nambour rail project will provide additional track capacity and reliability, creating travel time savings and enabling increased passenger and freight services to the growing Sunshine Coast region.
Through a $390 million commitment to rail upgrades between Beerburrum and Nambour, the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is delivering the transport infrastructure the Sunshine Coast needs and deserves.
This project is another example of our determination to make sure the infrastructure residents need and deserve is funded and delivered.
These early works are the next critical step in delivering this project, which will create 333 jobs and over 1,860 additional parking spaces while paving the way to begin duplicating the line and separate passenger and freight rail.
State Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt said the early works contract was a coup for a business that was founded and continues to operate on the Sunshine Coast.
“More capacity and better rail takes extra cars and trucks off our road, and for the thousands of families that call this area home that means a quicker, safer commute home,” Mr Hunt said.
“It also means more jobs and I’m proud to be part of a government that’s also delivering the new Bells Creek Arterial Road and the $662 million Bruce Highway upgrade from Steve Irwin Way to Caboolture.”Jason Hunt
The early works will increase the park ‘n’ ride capacity at Landsborough and Nambour stations, helping to manage parking pressures in the surrounding streets and suburbs, providing roughly 50 new parking spaces, boosting Nambour’s commuter car parking to more than 300 spaces.
At Landsborough, an additional park ‘n’ ride facility with about 300 parking spaces will be built on the eastern side of the station, removing the need for people to drive across the level crossing to park.
Stage one will also realign a one-kilometre section of Steve Irwin Way between Nursery Road and Moffatt Road, allowing duplication of the rail line and smoothing of the curves through this section.
The early works will pave the way for the major construction works to deliver rail duplication between Beerburrum and Beerwah, three new road-over-rail bridges and expansion of the park ‘n’ ride facility at Beerburrum.
Early works are expected to start in early 2022 and be completed by 2023.
Stage 1 construction is expected to be completed by 2025, weather and construction conditions permitting.
The Australian and Queensland governments have committed $550.8 million towards the Beerburrum to Nambour rail project, with the Australian Government providing $390 million and the Queensland Government providing $160.8 million.
Tuesday 10 August 2021
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