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More than 650 Murrumba residents will enjoy a historic trip today when they travel the length of the $988 million Moreton Bay Rail Link by bus.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson and Member for Murrumba Reg Gulley inspected the route with residents to view the progress of the exciting project.
“This project is well on track to be delivered by 2016 as part of our strong plan to deliver better infrastructure for Queensland,” Mr Emerson said.
“Since construction started 10 months ago the project has already reached significant milestones, with beams being installed on a number of bridges, including over the Bruce Highway/
“Platforms are starting to come out of the ground at Mango Hill station and the laying of the rail line is expected to start early next year.”
Three buses carried members of the public from Kippa-Ring to Mango Hill from 8am to 5pm.
“This trip of a lifetime will give residents the chance to view this massive engineering achievement at first-hand and in safety,” Mr Gulley said. 
“The response to my invitation to view the project was so great that almost 1,000 excited residents responded. Unfortunately, we were only able to cater for 660.
“This train line was first mooted in 1894 and had been promised by so many governments that many people never thought they would see it built.
“I fought hard to have the line built and now everyone can see this project is finally happening.”
The Moreton Bay Rail Link project will deliver 12.6km of dual track passenger rail line, between Petrie and Kippa-Ring, connecting to the existing North Coast line.
Mr Gulley said today’s crowds were a great indicator of how many people would use the line when it opens in 2016.
The $988 million required for the project is being provided jointly by the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council.
For more information on the Moreton Bay Rail project, visit www.moretonbayrail.qld.gov.au

Families in the Ashgrove electorate will have a safer drive to and from work and school, following the completion of the long-awaited Samford Road and Wardell Street intersection upgrade.

Premier and Member for Ashgrove Campbell Newman said his $65 million election promise had been delivered on time and on budget, meaning all of his local election commitments had been delivered in his first term as Local Member for Ashgrove.

“The completion of this project is a massive milestone for the Ashgrove electorate and I know that local families are thrilled to see the safety of this intersection improved,” Mr Newman said.

“We are working hard to deliver better infrastructure, as we promised, as part of our strong plan for Queensland.

“More importantly though, road upgrades like this will mean a mum or dad can return home to their families from work, safer and quicker.

“As a government we have delivered this project for $25 million less than what was proposed by the previous Labor Government.

“We have listened to residents and their feedback and have delivered a good, practical design that will serve this community well for years to come.

“This upgrade will give commuters an average saving of six to eight minutes every single day.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the completed project would benefit tens of thousands of drivers who use the intersection each day.

“This upgrade will improve traffic flow and reduce the amount of vehicles rat racing to avoid congestion,” Mr Emerson said.

“We’ve also made bus stops safer for passengers, wider footpaths for pedestrians and cyclists and new access to the Gallipoli Barracks from Samford Road to help tackle local congestions.”

General Manager of local business Platinum Electrical Arron Cluff said that as a local service based business, any time saved through improved traffic flow and road networks has a direct positive impact on his business.

“Time spent in traffic is costly lost time for our business and this upgrade will reduce travel time as we access our wide network of customers and suppliers in the local area,” Mr Cluff said.

“During the construction stages of the intersection upgrade we experienced no major delays in accessing the local road network even during peak hour.”

All roadworks on the Samford Road and Wardell Street intersection are now finished with some continuing activity around nearby properties in the coming month.

Motorcycle riders will benefit from a raft of sensible road rule changes to be introduced in Queensland early next year.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the changes included laws to allow lane filtering and permit motorcyclists to stretch a leg while riding.

“These changes follow feedback from the discussion paper we released in May and are another example of this government listening and delivering for Queenslanders,” Mr Emerson said.

“This is all part of our strong plan to make this state the safest place to live, travel, work and raise a family.

“We have listened to Queenslanders’ concerns, unlike Labor, which introduced rules that did not reflect the reality of how riders actually use the road.”

Key changes to be introduced early next year include:

  • Motorcycle riders will be able to move between stationary or slow-moving vehicles, known as lane filtering, as long as they are not travelling more than 30km/hour.
  • Motorcycle riders will be able to legally stretch a leg to avoid fatigue, remove both feet from footrests to reverse into a parking space or turn their head to do a shoulder check.
  • Helmet standards expanded to allow a      wider range available in Queensland.

Mr Emerson said the discussion paper had prompted more than 9000 responses.

“Most motorcycle riders strongly supported the proposed changes, with more than 90 per cent of respondents supportive of lane filtering,” he said.

As well as feedback from the community, the Department of Transport and Main Roads conducted a detailed evaluation of the responses and considered road safety research and practices in other jurisdictions.

For more information on the changes please visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au

 

More Senior Network Officers will patrol south-east Queensland’s public transport network as part of the Newman Government’s plan to keep Queenslanders safe.

Premier Campbell Newman and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson announced the first of 18 new Senior Network Officers will be trained and deployed on the network by the end of the year.

“Our Government is working hard to revitalise front line services to ensure Queenslanders are safer and more secure,” Mr Newman said.

“By delivering a more efficient public transport network, we are able to invest in more security and safety for passengers.

“Last year we promised to double the number of officers on the network – a commitment we achieved. Today we are announcing an additional boost to bring the team to 70 officers.

“The new recruits are part of our strong plan to make this state the safest place to live, travel and raise a family.”

Mr Emerson said the number of bus driver assaults across the south-east Queensland network had decreased by 23 per cent since the LNP came to office.

“Through our proactive approach, we have cracked down on anti-social behaviour across public transport by conducting blitzes and increasing the number of Senior Network Officers,” Mr Emerson said.

“Senior Network Officers are highly trained in de-escalation techniques and have extended powers which include the authority to detain and search people where necessary.”

Senior Network Officers undertake an intensive eight-week training course prior to deployment covering legislative powers, tactical and physical training and conflict management as well as personal criminal history checks, psychometric testing, and a medical and mental fitness examination.

Senior Network Officers join the Police Railway Squad, busway safety officers, mobile dog patrols and contracted security guards to deter anti-social behaviour across the network. In addition, there are more than 8000 CCTV cameras and a dedicated 24-hour security monitoring facility.

 

More Senior Network Officers will patrol south-east Queensland’s public transport network as part of the Newman Government’s plan to keep Queenslanders safe.

Premier Campbell Newman and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson announced the first of 18 new Senior Network Officers will be trained and deployed on the network by the end of the year.

“Our Government is working hard to revitalise front line services to ensure Queenslanders are safer and more secure,” Mr Newman said.

“By delivering a more efficient public transport network, we are able to invest in more security and safety for passengers.

“Last year we promised to double the number of officers on the network – a commitment we achieved. Today we are announcing an additional boost to bring the team to 70 officers.

“The new recruits are part of our strong plan to make this state the safest place to live, travel and raise a family.”

Mr Emerson said the number of bus driver assaults across the south-east Queensland network had decreased by 23 per cent since the LNP came to office.

“Through our proactive approach, we have cracked down on anti-social behaviour across public transport by conducting blitzes and increasing the number of Senior Network Officers,” Mr Emerson said.

“Senior Network Officers are highly trained in de-escalation techniques and have extended powers which include the authority to detain and search people where necessary.”

Senior Network Officers undertake an intensive eight-week training course prior to deployment covering legislative powers, tactical and physical training and conflict management as well as personal criminal history checks, psychometric testing, and a medical and mental fitness examination.

Senior Network Officers join the Police Railway Squad, busway safety officers, mobile dog patrols and contracted security guards to deter anti-social behaviour across the network. In addition, there are more than 8000 CCTV cameras and a dedicated 24-hour security monitoring facility.

 

South East Queensland passengers will soon be able to track their buses, trains, ferries and trams on their smartphones or online.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson announced the new technology, that would enable real-time travel information, will be installed across South East Queensland from next month.

“This new technology is all part of our strong plan for a brighter future to improve public transport for Queenslanders and boost the local economy,” Mr Emerson said.

“Real-time technology enables passengers to know exactly where their bus is in the morning which could mean enough time for an extra cup of coffee with the family before leaving the house.

“When finishing work for the day passengers will be able tell how far away their train is avoiding extra time waiting at the station.

“We’re also supporting small business with Brisbane company Queensland Connectors and Cables a major supplier for this project.

“New driver console units use GPS, combined with mobile communications on each vehicle to track the exact location and movements of services with arrival times updated every 30 seconds on the TransLink website.

“Previous real-time trials have proven too expensive but working with Cubic we’ve been able to deliver good value for Queensland taxpayers.

“Public transport users will see more than 3,000 existing driver console units on their bus and ferry services replaced with the new, modern devices to enable real-time info over the coming months.”

Cubic Australasian Managing Director Tom Walker said the new technology delivered a number of behind the-scenes efficiencies set to benefit TransLink passengers.

“This technology allows vehicles to download data away from the depot, meaning customers will be able to view their go card travel histories within 30 minutes,” Mr Walker said.

Sunshine Coast buses will be the first to be equipped with passengers benefiting from the real-time technology by the end of the year with the rest of the South East Queensland network to follow by early 2015.

Sunshine Coast Council Transport Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the technology added certainty for passengers.

“Council has been a long-time advocate for real-time information and has sought to work with TransLink to implement it and will work with the community to maximise the benefits from it,” Cr Baberowski said.

For more information about real-time, visit www.translink.com.au
or call 13 12 30, anytime.

 

Queenslanders will continue to experience the same level of service on regional air routes from January 1 next year after the signing of a new series of contracts.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said following a review in 2013 and an extensive competitive tender process this year, some air routes will be serviced by different carriers.
“QantasLink and Rex have won the rights to service regional Queensland passengers across seven air routes,” Mr Emerson said.
“Under the new contracts, the same number of services will be offered and all regional airports will remain the same – except Toowoomba’s Wellcamp Airport will now be used.
“This is a great deal for regional Queensland and is part of our strong plan for a brighter future.
“I’d like to thank all carriers for their involvement with a number of very competitive bids.”
QantasLink won the tender for two routes, while Rex will extend its current services from two routes to five, taking over three routes currently operated by Skytrans.
Routes Western 1 (Brisbane-Toowoomba-St George, Cunnamulla-Thargomindah) and Western 2 (Brisbane-Toowoomba-Charleville-Quilpie-Windorah-Birdsville-Bedourie, Boulia-Mt Isa) will use the new Wellcamp Airport, about 15 minutes west of Toowoomba.
Rex will be visiting its 16 new ports within the next two weeks to meet with stakeholders and to carry out the work required to obtain CASA regulatory approval.
With existing contracts finishing at the end of 2014, all current government contracted long distance aviation and coach routes were competitively tendered for, with the new contracts to commence on January 1, 2015.
As announced in February, a further three routes will be deregulated and opened up to competition.
The 2013 long distance service review by TransLink received more than 7200 completed surveys from passengers, while 18 forums were conducted throughout Queensland and 70 formal submissions were received from local government, transport operators and business groups.

 

The Queensland Government’s election promise to deliver a safety boost for children and parents around schools will be achieved a year ahead of schedule.

Premier Campbell Newman and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson today released the next round of flashing school lights to be delivered by mid-2015.

“We promised to roll out this $10 million program of flashing school lights over four years and we are on track to reach that target a year early,” Mr Newman said

“We have delivered flashing school lights to 195 schools in the past two years, with an additional 151 schools to receive lights by June 2015.

“This means we will deliver more than we promised, delivering 300 school installations a year ahead of the four year schedule.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the Newmarket State School was the eleventh school to receive flashing school lights since July.

“The flashing light program gives parents peace of mind their children are safer heading to and from school and it is great to deliver better infrastructure and planning as part of our strong plan for a brighter future,” Mr Emerson said.

“The signs are an important reminder to motorists to slow down in and around school areas while our most vulnerable Queenslanders make their way to and from school.

“Schools are selected based on a detailed risk analysis of all existing school zones in Queensland and nominations by schools and communities based on local knowledge of particular problem areas through their local state members of parliament.

“Priority has been given to school zones with a significant crash history, a high level of vehicle and pedestrian traffic, higher speed limits and visibility problems.

“Our local members have been invaluable in recommending schools to receive the flashing lights, based on community feedback.

“Too many people either ignore or simply forget to reduce their vehicle speed, so the signs spell it out plain and simple – slowdown in school zones. It could save a child’s life.”

Between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014, more than 28,000 speeding infringements were issued to drivers in school zones.

 

 

THE first road works funded under the $635 million Warrego Highway Upgrade Package have been approved, with $110 million to be spent on the first stage of an upgrade for the Toowoomba to Oakey section.

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project would duplicate 5.7 kilometres of the Warrego Highway, providing two lanes in each direction between Charlton and Cotswold Hills, to the west of Toowoomba. 

“We are prioritising construction of this section of the Warrego Highway because it will intersect with the future Toowoomba Second Range Crossing,” Mr Truss said.

“The Warrego Highway connects the agricultural and resource regions west of Toowoomba to the Port of Brisbane, so the economic potential of these upgrades is enormous.

“In fact, every dollar spent on this project will return to the economy more than five times the cost of our investment.

“We know that our regions are the backbone of our economy, which is why the Australian Government is prioritising the infrastructure that our regions need to prosper.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson said that beyond the significant economic benefits, the project was part of a strong plan to deliver safety improvements for drivers on the Warrego Highway.

“The duplication will separate eastbound and westbound traffic, markedly reducing the chance of head-on collisions and allow a better transport flow of goods and services,” Mr Emerson said.

“Truck drivers, farmers and commuters will all look forward to construction on the project starting early next year, with completion due at the end of 2016.”

The Australian Government has committed up to $88 million to the project, with the Queensland Government providing $22 million.

All vehicles, including Type 2 road trains, can now cross Angellala Creek, on the Mitchell Highway, south of Charleville, at the site of the major truck explosion – three weeks ahead of schedule.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said crews had worked around the clock to complete the fully sealed side track that opened to traffic yesterday afternoon.

“RoadTek crews have worked extremely hard to restore access for communities and the trucking industry in half the time we expected it to take,” Mr Emerson said.

“Traffic controls will be in place temporarily on the side track with initial speed restrictions of 40km/h.

“Last week we were able to give motorists, grey nomads, school buses and small trucks access to our construction side track, which really helped remove congestion from the detour routes.

“Now our vital heavy vehicle industry can use the new side track reducing delays.”

Mr Emerson said RoadTek crews should be congratulated for getting on with the job quickly and efficiently to restore access along this vital stretch of road.

“Transport and Main Roads took possession of the site from the Department of Natural Resources and Mining on 13 September and the initial estimate to finish the side track was about six weeks,” he said.

“Our roadwork teams leapt into action and should be congratulated for getting on with the job in half the time.

“We also took advantage of sourcing local materials wherever possible, which meant we start construction on the side tracks started almost immediately.

“Our work is not quite done yet as we continue with the important task of replacing the Angellala Creek bridge.”

For the most up-to-date traffic and travel information visit http://131940.qld.gov.au/ or call 131940 or contact TMR’s Roma office on (07) 4622 9511 during business hours.