A new train at Coomera

Landsborough to Nambour
Rail Project

The Landsborough to Nambour Rail Project involves construction of a double-track railway along an improved route between Landsborough and Nambour. The corridor identified for the project has provision for extra tracks if required in the future.

The new railway will improve the efficiency, frequency, operating speeds and reliability of trains. It will also cater for increasing demand for rail services from population and freight transport growth. This new railway is planned to be operational by 2031.

Community consultation is an important part of the project. The Department of Transport and Main Roads will continue to work closely with the local community and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council in the lead up to the construction of the project.

Landsborough to Nambour Rail Corridor Study

The Landsborough to Nambour Rail Corridor Study is an early phase of the Landsborough to Nambour Rail Project. To learn more about the study click here.

Background

The South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 identifies an integrated regional transport system in south east Queensland as a desired regional outcome, with rail playing a key role. The need to investigate upgrading the North Coast Line between Landsborough and Nambour is identified in the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 and the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program 2010-2031.

The projected population for the Sunshine Coast region is about 497 000 people by 2031, which will generate an additional 500 000 trips each day. The South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 recognises that public transport will need to play a larger role in the region to meet future demand.

The Landsborough to Nambour Rail Project is one of a number of major transport infrastructure improvements planned for the Sunshine Coast:

  • upgrading the North Coast Line between Caboolture and Landsborough
  • a priority bus corridor from Caloundra to Maroochydore
  • a rail service between Beerwah and Maroochydore
  • upgrading the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra
  • upgrading the Sunshine Motorway.

About the North Coast Line

The North Coast Line is a rail line that extends from Brisbane to Cairns. It operates freight services, high-speed tilt trains and commuter services.

The section of the North Coast Line between Landsborough and Nambour stations is approximately 22 km in length. Built in the late 1800s, this section catered for the timber and primary production industries in the local area. Stations include Landsborough, Mooloolah, Eudlo, Palmwoods, Woombye and Nambour.

The current capacity of this section of the rail line is limited. It is a single track with passing loops at stations, and contains bends and steep slopes, which greatly restricts the speed of trains. Some services currently travel at less than 50km/h between Landsborough and Nambour.