A faster rail project from Kuraby to Beenleigh is set to get the final seal of approval in the upcoming state budget.
The budget will allocate $876 million towards the $2.6 billion upgrade, jointly funded by the federal government.
The project has been the subject of some controversy due to the land resumptions which would have to go ahead to make it work.
Part of the track would be where two trains collided near Trinder Park in 1985. Two people died, including the driver of the southbound train, and 31 were injured.
Funding is part of an overall $3.5 billion pipeline for new rail projects, over and above the Cross River Rail.
Treasurer and Woodridge MP Cameron Dick has been heavily invested in the faster rail project, saying it would be an opportunity to get people home quicker and safer.
“Investing in rail gets Queenslanders to work sooner, and it gets them back home to their family sooner as well,” the Treasurer said.
“But by making trains here in Queensland, it also supports traditional manufacturing, and skilled jobs in the many small and medium businesses that are part of the supply chain.”
Transport minister Mark Bailey said the budget showed the government was not just building a new underground line.
He listed the Kuraby to Beenleigh track duplication as one of three headline projects, along with a similar duplication from Beerburrum to Nambour and the Gold Coast Light Rail stage three.
“Bringing all of these projects together is the rollout of our brand new ETCS technology, a world leading program used across much of Europe, which will allow us to run more services, more often, all while improving safety,” he said.
But Mr Bailey acknowledged cost were on the rise.
“It’s no secret construction costs have been skyrocketing over the last two years during the pandemic,” he said.
“The prices of concrete, steel and timber have all risen, while the labour market is red-hot due to the infrastructure boom going on across Queensland.
“Unlike other state and local governments, we aren’t cutting projects, putting them on hold or descoping them.”
Money for the faster rail project is contained in the Queensland budget forward estimates for new rail projects over the next four years, to be delivered over the next decade.
The budget would also commit $92.5 million towards a $95.1 million Loganlea train station relocation, jointly funded by the federal government.
And there would be $30 million for a Loganlea train station park ‘n’ ride upgrade.