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Connecting SEQ 2031 - Rail Revolution

30 October 2018 | Source: Sunshine Coast Council

South East Queensland is one of Australia's most desirable places to live and establish a business.

It is expected to continue rapid growth with an anticipated population increase from 3.1 million today to more than 4.4 million in 2031.

The Connecting SEQ 2031 is the Queensland Government's proposed long-term transport plan to develop a sustainable transport system in the region. It also directly supports the South East Queensland Regional Plan.


Extract from "Connecting SEQ 2031"

Signature projects – rail revolution

Rail network optimisation
A package of initiatives to enhance the capacity and safety of the rail network.

Cross River Rail (planning near completion)
A new north–south rail line and stations in inner city Brisbane.

Rail network sectorisation
A major revamp of how services operate on the region's rail network.

Gold Coast light rail
Light rail from Helensvale to Coolangatta.

Brisbane subway
A high capacity, high frequency distributor system connecting central Brisbane.

North-west rail line
A new rail line from Cross River Rail to join the North Coast Line at Strathpine.


Rail revolution

Connecting SEQ 2031 outlines the plan for a 'rail revolution'; a complete overhaul of the rail system to provide a modern, high capacity network that will mean, for most passengers, rail transport will be quicker and more reliable than driving a car.

New rail lines are included in the plan – expanding the reach of the rail network to more communities across the region.


Cross River Rail

Cross River Rail is a proposed new north–south rail line in Brisbane's inner city, including a new tunnel under the Brisbane River and four new underground inner city stations. This will mean more frequent trains and better services for all of southeast Queensland's rail passengers. Cross River Rail will allow a transformation of the way rail services operate in southeast Queensland.


Rail network sectorisation

Enabled by Cross River Rail, the plan proposes to sectorise the rail network:
• UrbanLink – high frequency 'turn up and go', all stops services on the inner network
• ExpressLink – all day (6 am–9 pm) express services connecting outer Brisbane suburbs to destinations across the region
CoastLink – express services from the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast to Brisbane in about an hour.

There could also be all stops UrbanLink services on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast to cater for local travel in these growing cities.


New types of rail services


Light rail on the Gold Coast

Light rail will provide high frequency services to transform the busy coastal movement corridor on the Gold Coast. Construction of light rail from the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct to Broadbeach is well under way, with completion scheduled for 2014. 
Connecting SEQ 2031 envisages light rail extending to Coolangatta, with a connection to regional rail services at Helensvale.


Brisbane subway

With an extra 100 000 people forecast to live in inner Brisbane (CBD, Spring Hill, Milton, South Brisbane and Fortitude Valley) and employment numbers doubling by 2031, there will be about 2.4 million trips a day in the inner city (up from one million in 2006). To help distribute these trips across the vibrant inner city core, an entirely new and separate Brisbane subway is proposed. The London Underground and New York city subway are well-known examples of this style of rail operation.