A major reconstruction of Brisbane’s east coast rail corridor will take months to complete, with the city’s new Government saying it will “get it done”.
Key points:The Brisbane Roast and Brisbane Cup have not been played since 2014Brisbane City Council says it will take three years to build the Brisbane Central rail linkThe first stages of the rail line, known as Brisbane Central, will connect Brisbane to the CBDA new, high-capacity rail corridor, called Brisbane Central and built at a cost of $7.6 billion, will run east of Brisbane through a new rail tunnel, connecting Brisbane to its west and south halves.
The rail line will have a maximum capacity of 8.6 million passengers per day and carry about 20,000 trains a day, with an average daily peak capacity of 18,500 passengers.
The Government has said it will spend $5 billion to complete the project.
“It’s a major project, it’s a huge undertaking, it is a huge task, and it is the biggest project in Brisbane’s history,” Brisbane City Council transport spokesman David McDonough said.
“And it’s something that will be completed in three to four years.”
The council has already completed a $500 million project to build a $1.8 billion light rail line between the city and Brisbane airport.
The Brisbane Central project is expected to take six to eight years to complete.
Brisco is also planning to build another $500m to complete a rail link through its suburbs and into the CBD.
A number of other cities, including Newcastle, Newcastle West, Perth and Canberra, have been given $1 billion or more to complete their rail projects.
“These are the projects that will provide the greatest bang for the buck,” Mr McDonoug said.”[But] the infrastructure that we’re looking to invest in, particularly to make sure that we get Brisbane Central done, is something that’s quite difficult to finance at the moment.”
Brisman’s plan to rebuild the East Coast rail network will involve construction of an eight-kilometre long, 18-kilometer wide tunnel, and construction of a new railway line between Brisbane and its east.
The project will also involve the opening of a railway station at a station near the new train tunnel.
“Brismania is a city that is very well connected to the west coast,” Mr McKinnon said.
Mr McKinnon has been appointed to lead the city on Brisbane Central.
“I’ve been very fortunate to be involved with the planning of this project,” he said.
Construction of Brisbane Central is expected start in 2019.
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