The Wednesday afternoon train from Brisbane arrives at the Nambour Railway Station.
The Wednesday afternoon train from Brisbane arrives at the Nambour Railway Station. Brett Wortman

Sunshine Coast-Brisbane trains to run hourly from 2016

HOURLY train services between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane will become a reality from the end of 2016 after the State Government announced new train stabling yards would be built at Woombye and Elimbah.

Leighton has been awarded the $116 million contract to build the stabling yards and two others at Robina and Banyo that will deliver 700 construction jobs.

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The stabling yards will house 75 trains being commissioned as part of a $4.4 billion New Generation Rolling Stock program.

The new trains will lift passenger capacity in south-east Queensland by 30%.

Infrastructure and Planning Minister Jackie Trad said the new trains would create an additional 514 direct full-time jobs and 1500 indirect jobs.

Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington said there would be nine additional daily services, four from here and five from Brisbane.

"It means people wanting to get to and from Brisbane can do that on the hour,'' he said.Mr Wellington acknowledged there was opposition in Woombye to the stabling yards but said the alternative of putting them in Nambour would result in a waste of money when the North Coast line was duplicated.

He described the realignment and duplication of the North Coast line as a nation-building project which required federal funding to be viable.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads revealed yesterday that it was assessing the economic viability of the duplication.

Depending on the outcome of that assessment it would then need to be considered against other infrastructure projects by Building Queensland.



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