Construction tenders open for $550m rail upgrade

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Tenders are set to open in August for the construction and design contract of the first stage of the $550 million Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade in Queensland.

Included in the proposed works for Stage 1 is the duplication of the track north of Beerburrum, expansion of three park 'n' ride facilities, construction of three road-over-rail bridges, construction of a bus interchange at Landsborough and the relocation of utilities. 

Realignment includes construction works to a one-kilometre section of Steve Irwin Way between Moffatt Road and Nursery Road, as well as boosting park 'n' ride facilities with additional spaces at the Nambour and Landsborough Stations. 

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Early works for the projects are set to begin in early 2021, with major construction commencing 2022. 

The Federal Government has contributed $390 million and the Queensland Government has contributed $160.8 million to the Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade.

Planning has been in the works since early 2019, which included environmental and cultural heritage surveys, land surveys, geotechnical investigations, traffic counts, hydraulic modelling, park 'n' ride design and consultation with affected property owners. 

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey Minister said the major rail upgrade was ready to move off the page and onto the ground in the coming months.

“Realignment of Steve Irwin Way needs to happen before we can start work in the rail corridor, so it’s pleasing to see progress being made,” Bailey said.

“The 333 jobs and economic stimulus that will be delivered by Stage 1 of the Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade project are essential for the Sunshine Coast.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack approved funding in 2019 for the progression of this upgrade.

“Reduced travel times, greater service reliability and increased parking at stations will attract more travellers to rail, between the Sunshine Coast region and Brisbane in particular,” McCormack said.

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said a briefing was held last week for local industry and suppliers seeking work on the broader rail upgrade, while community members would also have more opportunities to get involved.

“The industry briefing was a good opportunity to give local businesses some indication on what kind of work was coming down the line and allow the project team to get early feedback that will help as they develop the final scope for the upgrade,” Wallace said.

“This project will provide local jobs for local people and we want Coast and Hinterland communities to be part of every step of this project.”

Federal Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien said the 333 jobs created by Stage 1 would be crucial to the local community’s economic recovery.

“Jobs change lives and I am very excited for work to begin because I know the opportunities this will bring to our community,” O’Brien said.

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