The Moreton Bay Rail Link is one step closer to fruition after the next part of the project was approved by the Queensland Rail and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Recently there had been concerns with the current signalling system, but Minister for Transport Sterling Hinchliffe stated that these issues had been resolved after some tireless work from the project’s team and Queensland Rail, with the signalling now deemed safe and reliable.
As part of the project, steps have been undertaken to support a 6 day rail line closure between Zilmere and Caboolture from 9pm Friday 16th September until 2am Friday 23rd September.
The closure will be one of the largest in South East Queensland history and measures will be in place to ensure smooth travel for all customers. There will be widespread advertising, signage, online notices and station announcements to help the affected customers.
To compensate, a large contingent of buses will be available for commuters to travel along the line for their daily activities. These buses will run every 15 minutes between all stations during off peak hours, and will run of a “turn up and go” policy during peak times. Trains will also run more often at non effected stations on the Caboolture line, now running every 7 minutes and 30 seconds as opposed to every 15 minutes as it were prior.
To reduce the impact of this closure, it has been scheduled during the school holiday period, which is one of the least demanding periods of the year. Hinchliffe stated that the upcoming work was vital, and encouraged that if possible commuters should try to work from home during the period and offered to write to other workplaces to help accommodate this request.
Source: Queensland Government
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