Bids called for Moreton Bay Rail Link
The Queensland Government has invited bids for the design and construction of two of the three road bridges associated with the $1.15bn Moreton Bay Rail Link project.
The Moreton Bay Rail Link will see a 12.6km dual track heavy rail spur line connect Brisbane’s Redcliffe Peninsula to Petrie via six new stations (at an average spacing of 2km) at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill (North Lakes), Kinsellas Road, Rothwell and Kippa-Ring, with a terminus on the edge of Kippa-Ring.
The tender process announced last week is for the realignment of Dohles Rocks Road and the construction of a new bridge between School Road and Russell Street as well as the erection of a new bridge along Goodfellows Road and its realignment so it connects with Dohles Rocks Road at Russell Street.
Queensland transport minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said planning is well underway on the third bridge to be erected along Kinsellas Road East, with the successful constructor to be announced by the end of March.
Moreton Bay Rail Link is a long awaited piece of infrastructure that has been discussed for over 50 years. After being submitted to Infrastructure Australia in 2008, the project went on to receive funding from all three levels of government. The project is being built with funding from the Federal Government ($742m), the state government ($300m plus land), and the Moreton Bay Regional Council ($105m).
The Federal Government announced in its 2011-12 budget that $133m in funding would be brought forward by three years to accelerate the delivery of the project as of last year.
“The Federal Government announced that it would fast-track the funds, which were originally expected in 2014-15, to speed up pre-construction activities such as public utility relocations and early works on road bridges,” a spokesperson for Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads told Rail Express.
Once completed in 2016, the Moreton Bay Rail Link is expected to deliver travel time savings of up to 15 minutes compared to car travel in peak-hour traffic for those travelling from Kippa-Ring to the Brisbane CBD. Around 6000 people each day are expected to use the line.
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