New rail extension on the right track to boost jobs

Written on the 7 April 2009

 

THE $324 million extension of the Robina to Varsity Lakes railway is one of the largest rail infrastructure investment projects underway in Queensland and will employ 2000 workers.
Premier Anna Bligh says the new 4.1km rail extension south of Robina to Varsity Lakes will support local industries and inject much needed funds into the local economy.
“Laying the first new extension to the Gold Coast rail line in more than 10 years represents a significant milestone for the project,” says Bligh.
“This project will provide greatly improved access to rail services for people living in the southern Gold Coast region. This new public transport infrastructure, which includes a new eco-friendly station at Varsity Lakes with 300 commuter car parks, will reduce the number of cars on our roads.
“This project is providing more than 2000 jobs - not just for those directly involved in construction but also equipment and material suppliers, hospitality workers and others in associated industries such as manufacturing.”
State Government has secured a contract to buy 20 new trains in a deal worth $300 million, which is the first stage of a 58 new train roll out beginning in 2010. The new trains are in addition to the Government’s current order of 44 passenger trains, worth $585 million.
Sixteen of the 44 passenger trains are already operating on the Gold Coast line and six of the 20 new trains that have been ordered so far will operate in the region.
Transport Minister Rachel Nolan says the new rail corridor involved the excavation of around 270,000 cubic metres of earth, equating to almost 100 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
“More than 12,000 sleepers and approximately 1000 tonnes of rail will be used to construct the two new electrified tracks,” she says.
“One hundred and thirtytwo masts have been erected in the rail corridor, ready for the overhead electrical wiring, signalling and communication equipment to be installed by late 2009.
“Fifty thousand cubic metres of hard sedimentary rock was excavated to create a 300 metre cut-and-cover rail tunnel under Easthill Drive at Robina, which is almost complete with the roof to be poured in the next few months.”
The project includes building a new road network providing access to Varsity Lakes station, including a new road-over-rail bridge linking the Pacific Motorway at the Exit 85 roundabout and Scottsdale Drive.

Latest News

BUSINESS CONFIDENCE AT A SIX-YEAR HIGH

SMALL and medium businesses have entered 2017 with their confidence at a six-year high, building on strong gains m...

CRITICS CALL FOR MORE INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS ON BLUE SKY BOARD

BLUE Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) has defended its governance and valuation processes in response to severa...

BEGA PAYS $460 MILLION FOR VEGEMITE TO BRING THE ICONIC BRAND BACK UNDER AUSTRALIAN OWNERSHIP

VEGEMITE is back under Australian ownership after Bega Cheese (ASX: BGA) agreed to buy Mondelez International's A...

GUVERA ESCAPES WIND-UP ORDER

GUVERA has avoided being wound up after a claim for a $1.78 million debt by Kwong Properties was dismissed at the ...

Related News

BUSINESS CONFIDENCE AT A SIX-YEAR HIGH

SMALL and medium businesses have entered 2017 with their confidence at a six-year high, building on strong gains m...

CONSUMERS PESSIMISTIC ENTERING 2017

CONSUMER confidence remains at its weakest point since April 2016, according to the latest Westpac Melbourne Institut...

RISE OF STARTUP SUPPORT PROGRAMS NOT AS ROSY AT IT SEEMS

ENTREPRENEURIAL cultivation companies in Australia are appearing quickly, but questions have been raised about whe...

SMES TAKE RETAIL MARKET SHARE AS CONSUMERS CHOOSE PERSONALISATION

IN a battle for the hearts and wallets of Australian consumers, it appears that small and medium retail businesses...

Contact us

Email News Update Sign Up Contact Details
Subscriptions

PO Box 2087
Brisbane QLD 4001

LoginTell a FriendSign Up to Newsletter