The first electric train will roll onto the new Moreton Bay Rail Line this morning, with testing ramping up ahead of the opening mid-year.
Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe said Queensland Rail’s extensive commissioning program was progressing well and the test commuter trains would run the line to check the overhead power electrical systems and the signalling system.
“Significant testing is required to ensure the new rail infrastructure is operating as expected,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“From today up to four electric trains will run on the new rail line to test components of the infrastructure by simulating normal train operations.
“This is important work and needs to be carried out to ensure the services can safely and reliably start carrying its first customers from mid-year.
“From today local residents will be able to see commuter test trains running between Petrie and Kippa Ring as Queensland Rail carries out extensive tests of the line, trains, signalling and other equipment.
“Once the initial testing program has been completed, Queensland Rail drivers and guards will begin an extensive training program to familiarise themselves with the new track and infrastructure, ahead of the opening mid-year.”
Mr Hinchliffe said Queensland Rail would work closely with the local community during the testing and commissioning stage.
“We understand living near a rail corridor may be a new experience for many people and Queensland Rail will be working with the community to let them know what to expect when operations commence,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
In the coming weeks, Queensland Rail will be out in the Moreton Bay region holding information drop-in sessions at various locations on Saturday 9, 16 and 23 April 2016:
- 8am – 12pm on Saturday, 9 April at Undurba State School Hall, Ogg Road, Murrumba Downs
- 8am – 12pm on Saturday, 16 April at St Benedict’s College Hall, next to Mango Hill East station
- 8am – 12pm on Saturday, 23 April at Hercules Road State school Hall, Hercules Road, Kippa-Ring
The $988 million project is jointly funded by the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council and is on-track to be delivered in mid-2016.
Queensland Rail in collaboration with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and CPB contractors are undertaking the testing phase.