The Sunshine Coast has been shortlisted for billions in Federal funding for a fast train to Brisbane, but the State Government says no upgrade of the Sunshine Coast line can work until a new rail bridge is built across the Brisbane River.
The Sunshine Coast has been shortlisted for billions in Federal funding for a fast train to Brisbane, but the State Government says no upgrade of the Sunshine Coast line can work until a new rail bridge is built across the Brisbane River. den-belitsky

'Brisbane first': State govt puts brakes on Coast fast rail plan

THE Queensland Government says Coalition plans for fast rail from the Sunshine Coast would not work without Cross River Rail in Brisbane to open up bottlenecks in the system.

The Premier will speak at 10.30am on the federal government's short-listing of a fast train service from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane.

It is one of 11 projects nationally short-listed to be one of three in the running for funding from the federal government's $10 billion rail infrastructure budget.

"There has been a Coalition Government in Canberra since 2013," a Queensland Government spokesperson said.

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"Finally, they're joining the discussion on investment in Queensland transport infrastructure.

Should the Coast fast rail plan have to wait until Brisbane's Cross-River Rail is finished?

This poll ended on 25 January 2018.

Current Results

No way. Our inadequate public transport shouldn't have to wait.

63%

Yes, there's no point having fast rail unless the Brisbane bottleneck is dealt with.

16%

Build the coastal rail link to Maroochydore first, the fast rail to Brisbane can wait.

19%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"We need to see the detail of this proposal.

"The LNP need to understand none of these proposed new rail lines will work without Cross River Rail to open up the network.

"The only way extra capacity on the Sunshine Coast can work is if there are no bottlenecks further down the line.

"The way you ensure that is with Cross River Rail which the Federal Government refused to support.

"Labor is getting on with the job and building Cross River Rail."



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