Government commits to rail duplication- but not 50:50

UPDATE: Transport minister Mark Bailey says the government is willing to make a significant contribution to rail duplication in the upcoming budget.

But it looks unlikely to be on the 50:50 basis offered by the Federal Government.

"All we want is our fair share for Queensland," Mr Bailey said. 

"Despite the Beerburrum to Nambour rail line being part of the national network and running adjacent to Bruce Highway which receives 80:20 funding, the feds have so far only offered funding on a 50:50 basis," Mr Bailey said. 

"This project wouldn't be able to happen if the Palaszczuk Government hadn't kickstarting it by doing the business case and submitting to Infrastructure Australia last year after the Newman Government ignored it for three years. 

"Passengers will of course be the big winners of this project, but only if the LNP in Queensland get Malcolm Turnbull and their mates in Canberra to come to the party with a fair share of the funding."

EARLIER: The time to stump up for a streamlined rail link between the Coast and Brisbane is now, according to LNP politicians who met in Nambour today.

Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said a $390 million federal commitment made at the start of the month needed to be matched by the State Government in next month's budget.

"There is now no excuse," Mr Mander said.

"This is something that is long overdue."

He said the project would create 1800 jobs and increase services between the Coast and Brisbane.

"Let's just get on with it and build this railway line."

LNP politicians (from left) Brent Mickelberg, Andrew Powell, Tim Mander, Dan Purdie and Marty Hunt meet at Nambour railway station to call for immediate funding of rail duplication.
LNP politicians (from left) Brent Mickelberg, Andrew Powell, Tim Mander, Dan Purdie and Marty Hunt meet at Nambour railway station to call for immediate funding of rail duplication. Stuart Cumming

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell said residents probably didn't care what the funding breakdown was, they just wanted the line built.

"I suspect if the Federal Government put 80 per cent on the table the Palaszczuk Government and Jackie Trad would still be finding excuses not to build it," Mr Powell said.

"Let's just get on and build it."

Transport minister Mark Bailey's office has been contacted for comment.



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