The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe
Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
The ageing Moores Creek rail bridge on the Yeppoon rail line is on track to receive a major refurbishment with the Palaszczuk Government announcing $850,000 to upgrade the bridge.
Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe inspected the rail bridge today with local State Member Bill Byrne and said the project would support 25 jobs and involve replacing four the timber piers with steel, to extend the life of the bridge and ensure the overall reliability of the line.
“The Moores Creek Bridge is a critical piece of infrastructure on the Yeppoon branch line, which is used predominantly for cattle and ballast trains, supporting the agriculture and resources sectors with frequent freight services,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to upgrading rail infrastructure across Queensland to continue to provide a safe and reliable rail network.
“This bridge upgrade is part of our commitment to update and replace the remaining 35 kilometres of wooden bridges throughout the state, with low maintenance and more reliable structures.”
State Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said the upgrade would involve replacing the existing timber piers to ensure the overall reliability and performance of the line.
“This investment will extend the life of the bridge and boost the overall performance of the line by replacing four existing timber piers with galvanised steel piers, which are more durable and easy to maintain,” Mr Byrne said.
“Wherever possible Queensland Rail will use local labour, machinery and resources, to ensure this $850,000 investment supports local jobs and our local economy.
“The project will support 25 jobs throughout construction.”
Mr Byrne said the critical upgrade would have minimal impact on rail traffic through the region.
“While construction will include the use of some heavy machinery, works will take place strictly within council noise guidelines to limit any impact on local residents,” he said.
Contractors SRG Limited will commence construction in mid-July and be completed by October, weather conditions permitting.
Source: QLD Government
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