Rail line is heading south to Reedy Ck



THE State Government has pledged to extend the Gold Coast rail line from Robina to Reedy Creek and duplicate the rail line from Helensvale to Robina, in a $123 million Gold Coast transport bonanza.

Premier Peter Beattie and Transport Minister Paul Lucas said on Tuesday the major new investment in rail would revolutionise public transport in one of Queensland's growth corridors.

"We will build a new railway station, lay 20km of new track, construct tunnels, erect road and rail bridges, build new roads, and create hundreds of parking spaces," Mr Beattie said.

"This initiative will feature in the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan to be released next month.

"It's the first stage of a longer-range plan to build a rail line to Tugun and then to Coolangatta, ensuring a firstclass rail service for the Gold Coast of the future," Mr Beattie said.

Under the $123 million project the government says it will:

- Build a new railway station at Reedy Creek and link it to Robina by laying a 4.1km extension of the Gold Coast line. This is due for completion in mid-2009, at a total cost of $35 million;

- Duplicate the 15.9 km railway line between Helensvale and Robina, creating more capacity for increased Gold Coast rail services. This is due for completion by late 2008, costing $88 million;

- Build 300m of rail tunnel, eight new rail bridges, four new road bridges, 460m of new road and about 600 car spaces;

- Build a new transit interchange at Reedy Creek, to link trains with bus and taxi services to the coastal strip and the Tweed.

"Today's $123 million announcement means a total of $370 million has been committed in the past 16 months to improve Brisbane to Gold Coast rail services," Mr Beattie said.

"By the end of 2008, there will be an extra three services to and from Robina, in both the morning and afternoon peaks, and some three-car services will be upgraded to six-car services."

Mr Lucas said the Reedy Creek station site was immediately to the south of the Powerlink substation, south of Varsity Lakes and west of Tallebudgera.

"The proposed line will pass under Robina Town Centre Drive south of Robina station, then travel west of Laver Drive and under Robina Parkway," he said.

"It will follow a line east of the Pacific Motorway, cross Coromandel Lane and proceed south to the Powerlink Substation through an extension of Scottsdale Drive to the Reedy Creek interchange."



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