Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade


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Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

Credibly proposed

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Recently closed

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Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

STATUS: Announced
VALUE: $550.8M AUD
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

The proposed project will duplicate the North Coast Line between Beerburrum and Landsborough (approximately 20 kilometres in length) and upgrade the existing infrastructure between Landsborough and Nambour.

The proposed project may also include a range of other potential upgrades to the existing infrastructure from Landsborough to Nambour, including:

  •  replacement of the temporary single platforms at stations with permanent dual platforms connected by lifts and over-bridges;
  •  additional passing loops; and
  •  expanding the park and ride facilities along the route.

The project is designed to increase capacity on the link, improve network integration and reduce operating and maintenance costs of the track.

Building Queensland (BQ) completed a detailed Business Case for the project in December 2016, which will be considered during the government budget process and was submitted to Infrastructure Australia (IA) for consideration on 19 July 2017.

BQ's Business Case was prepared on the basis that the Department of Transport and Main Roads is the project owner and Queensland Rail would be the delivery agency.

The project has a Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) of 1.48.

In March 2018 IA released its positive evaluation of the project, with IA upgrading the project from a Priority Initiative to a Priority Project on its Infrastructure Priority List.

In its project evaluation, IA notes that a peer review of the project indicates the preferred delivery approach is an Early Contractor Involvement with a Design and Construct Contract, noting that there were no commercially viable PPP delivery model options for the project.

Assuming the project is approved and funding is committed, the indicative procurement timeline expects finalisation of the project implementation program in Q3 2017, followed by contract award in Q4 2018. Construction is then scheduled to commence in Q2 2019 and be completed by late-2021 or early-2022.

In the 2018-19 Federal Budget, the Federal Government allocated $390 million towards the project. The funding is spread across FY2018-19 to FY2023-24.

The 2018-19 Queensland Budget saw $160.8 million allocated towards the project over the forward estimates to FY2021-22, meaning the project is fully funded according to the 2018-19 Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Programme (QTRIP). The Budget also stated detailed design for the project will commence in 2018-19 with construction to be delivered in stages based on further negotiations with the Federal Government.

Last reviewed: 13/06/2018

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