Which rail lines will get a bump in fares this year?
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Posted November 06, 2018 06:25:47The rail system has been hit with a $1.8 billion upgrade in 2020-21 which will see an increase in fare prices across all rail lines.
Key points:The changes are part of a multi-year infrastructure packageThe rail sector has been rocked by a spate of train derailments since March and the Government has pledged to invest $1 billion in a major rail upgrade to improve services on the networkThe State Government says the upgrades will improve safety and the quality of service.
It will see the increase in fares from $2.60 to $3.30.
The rail fares are set to be introduced this year, but the Government is not yet finalising the exact schedule.
The Government says it is investing $1bn over four years into a major train upgrade to increase the quality and reliability of rail services.
The project, which will be delivered over three years, will see a major new rail station built at the Brisbane Freight Link, which has been the busiest rail link in Australia.
The upgrade is expected to cost $6 billion and is expected begin in 2019.
The upgraded rail link will see rail services running from Melbourne to Port Augusta and to South Brisbane, with a connection to Brisbane CBD from Port Augusta to the CBD.
There will be a significant increase in passenger capacity with the arrival of the new trains and a new station at the Port Augusta-Brisbane line.
Transport Minister Simon Corbell said the Government’s decision to invest a significant amount of money in the project was not about saving money.
“This is about investment in the future, it’s about upgrading the infrastructure to meet the needs of the people that will be using it,” he said.
“The infrastructure upgrade that we’ve undertaken to the Port of Brisbane, which is the main rail line, is going to increase capacity, increase the reliability of that rail line.”
Transport minister Simon Corbel says the Government will spend $1b on the Port rail upgrade.
The Federal Government is investing up to $1billion over four-years to improve rail services on both the Central Coast and the Eastern Freeway.
The government is also investing in new rail infrastructure, which includes an upgrade to the Brisbane Southern line.
It has been revealed that the Federal Government will invest up to more than $1 million in a new rail terminal at the Adelaide-Port Adelaide line, the only rail line in Australia to be upgraded to meet new rail capacity requirements.
Transports Minister Simon Cameron said the upgrades would ensure the safety of the rail system and the overall quality of freight traffic.
He said the improvements would allow for an improved safety record on the freight train network.
“It is a very significant investment for the Government in terms of funding and infrastructure, so I’m delighted that the Government have made the investment that they have made in that terminal,” Mr Cameron said.
He noted that rail fares have not increased for over 20 years, and that the cost of upgrading was less than $500 million.
Mr Cameron said a significant part of the project would be funded by an extra $300 million for the Queensland Government.
“We will spend that money on other rail improvements that we need to improve our railway system, such as rail capacity, infrastructure and reliability,” he told the ABC.
“And I think it’s good to see the Government taking a significant step forward in terms, of infrastructure investment, in terms that are also about safety and reliability.”
Topics:transport,transport-trains,government-and-politics,education,brisbane-4000,port-adelaide-5000,alberta-5000First posted November 05, 2018 18:38:20More stories from Queensland
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