Works on the Kuranda Scenic Railway line have begun today, with crews beginning environmental and ecological assessments.
Queensland Treasurer, Curtis Pitt, said the project was an important investment for Northern Queensland.
“Over the past five years geotechnical engineers have been monitoring and undertaking inspections to determine what works may be required to future proof the iconic railway line,” Pitt said.
“Thirteen locations were identified as benefiting from reinforcement works and I’m pleased to see this $12.6 million project kicking off today.”
The Kuranda Scenic Railway was built more than 125 years ago and features cliff faces of more than 300 metres above ground.
Minister for Transport, Stirling Hinchliffe, said the works had preceded five years of geotechnical assessment.
“The first stage of the works involves environmental, cultural, heritage and ecological assessments of the area, to ensure the works don’t impact on the natural environment or heritage of the region,” Hinchliffe said.
“The five year study looked at how we can ensure the stability of the land the railway is built on and ensure that it continues to operate for another 125 years.”
Approximately 400,000 passengers ride the line each year.
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