Lawnton to Petrie Rail Duplication a Priority for MPs


Local MPs ongoing campaign for an additional railway line between Lawnton and Petrie Stations has been given a boost with funding allocated in this year's State Budget.

Mr Seath Holswich and Mr Trevor Ruthenberg said that funding of $7.3 million towards this project was allocated in last month's State Budget.

"This is an important infrastructure project for commuters on the Petrie and Caboolture lines," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"For too long the section of line between Lawnton and Petrie Stations has been a bottleneck that causes unnecessary congestion on the Caboolture line. It is the only section of track between Caboolture and Northgate that doesn't have three tracks."

Mr Holswich said that the Moreton Bay Rail Link, scheduled for completion in 2016, adds to the importance of this project.

"The completion of the Moreton Bay Rail Link in 2016 will see a significant increase in the number of trains using this stretch of track," Mr Holswich said.

"This allocation of funding shows that our Government is planning ahead to avoid having additional bottlenecks on this line in 2016 and beyond."

This year's budget allocation represents part of an estimated $168 million needed to complete the project, which includes the construction of a new bridge over the North Pine River.