THE new railway carpark at Landsborough may be closer than we thought after an announcement by Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt on the imminent start of the project.
After GC&M News reported that the first stages in the Beerburrum to Nambour railway upgrade would include the new 300-carpark facility on the eastern side of the railway line, Mr Hunt was pleased to relay that, in fact, early works are just around the corner.
“Just this month we’ve seen demolition and vegetation removal begin at Landsborough, which will be home to a new 300-space park ‘n’ ride facility,” Mr Hunt said.
“Pre-construction activities on the $550.8 million Beerburrum to Nambour Rail upgrade (B2N) are now under way, with early construction on stage one of the project (between Beerburrum and Beerwah) expected to begin early 2022, with major construction to follow.”
The area is currently surrounded by barrier fencing, with several buildings earmarked for demolition and some vegetation to be removed, which will take up to six weeks to complete.
During this work, fauna spotters will be on-hand to make sure any wildlife is looked after.
A Department of Transport and Main Roads construction notice shows that the demolition and clearing works will occur Monday-Saturday from 6am-6pm and that some noise and dust could be created at times.
The jointly funded project will deliver benefits to both road and rail users through track duplication and road improvements, increasing the frequency of train services on the Sunshine Coast and alleviating pressure on the Bruce Highway.
“My community can look forward to better access to rail services, more park ‘n’ ride facilities and station improvements on the North Coast line by 2025, weather and construction conditions permitting,” Mr Hunt said.
More information is available at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects/beerburrum-to-nambour-rail-upgrade-stage-1