Commuter advocates embrace rail plan
RAIL Back on Track advocates say the proposal for a high-speed train to Nambour and a heavy rail link to the coast would take traffic off the Bruce Highway, drastically reduce travel times for commuters and give tourists an alternative transport option to the Sunshine Coast.
Jeff Addison, who commuted to Brisbane from Palmwoods for 17 years to work, said the plan was plausible and reasonable, using existing transport corridors and technology.
Mr Addison described the time frames as impressive ambitions which could be delivered with Federal Government drive, which hadn't previously existed.
The project has been short-listed as one of 11 projects being considered by the Federal Government as one of three to receive allocations from its $10 billion national rail infrastructure fund.
It is the only Queensland project being considered for funding.
Mr Addison revealed he had been talking with Fairfax MP Ted O'Brien since late last year about the proposal.
"It will get motorists off the Bruce Highway if they can travel to Brisbane in half the time," he said.
Mr Addison said that project was shown to have been capable of producing 2784 jobs at any one point over a period of seven years.
Mr Addison said the proposals advanced the Bligh Labor Party Coast Connect proposal, which was launched in 2011 when Annastacia Palaszczuk was Queensland Transport Minister.
Commuter Kieron Wallace described the proposal as awesome, saying it would considerably reduce his travel time for his three-day a week work commute to Brisbane.
Mr Wallace said a 45-minute trip would allow him to leave home later than his current early morning start to catch the 6.05am from Palmwoods and would get him home quicker.
"It would make the day much more manageable," he said.
Mr Wallace currently spends four hours a day, three days a week in making the trip to Brisbane and back.