Pas­sen­ger trans­port on cards for rail­way

Gatton Star - - LIFE - Matthew New­ton­ton@thechron­i­

MORE than 8km of In­land Rail tun­nelling through the Toowoomba Range will be fu­ture-proofed to cater for pas­sen­ger rail, bring­ing the dream of 45-minute travel be­tween Bris­bane and Toowoomba an­other step closer.

De­tails of the world-class pro­ject were re­vealed by Aus­tralian Rail Track Cor­po­ra­tion In­land Rail Pro­gram CEO Richard Wankmuller dur­ing a visit to Toowoomba with Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Michael Mccor­mack and Groom MP Dr John Mcveigh last week.

Mr Mccor­mack and Mr Wankmuller were in Toowoomba to an­nounce Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship reg­is­tra­tions of in­ter­est for the Toowoomba to Bris­bane sec­tion of In­land Rail – worth more than $3 bil­lion – had opened.

“From to­day right up un­til the end of Oc­to­ber, we want to hear back from busi­nesses, and we want them to put in their ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est to make sure they get a part of the ac­tion,” Mr Mccor­mack said.

“And it’s not just big busi­ness – it’s small busi­ness too.”

Mr Wankmuller high­lighted the size and scope of the pro­ject, say­ing the tun­nel through the Toowoomba Range would be twice the di­am­e­ter and twice the length of the Syd­ney Har­bour Tun­nel – the largest di­am­e­ter diesel freight tun­nel in the South­ern Hemi­sphere.

He said it was a cri­te­ria to make sure pas­sen­ger rail could come through the tun­nel.

Dr Mcveigh said the pro­ject showed the Fed­eral Government was “fair dinkum about in­fra­struc­ture”.

For more in­for­ma­tion head to in­fra­struc­ture.­land.


PRI­OR­ITY: Groom MP Dr John Mcveigh, ARTC In­land Rail Pro­gramme CEO Richard Wankmuller and Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Michael Mccor­mack.

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