Testing and commissioning of the trains will start early 2016 and will operate between Petrie and Kippa Ring. This phase will involve testing stabling yard facilities in Kippa- Ring, clearance testing through the stations and platforms, testing the train signalling equipment and testing the speed trains by starting at 5kms/hr and gradually increasing to around 60km/hr. During this period up to four trains will be tested on the rail line both during the day and intermittently at night and on weekend. Residents will be notified prior to the commencement of testing at night.
The Moreton Bay Rail Link will provide a focal point for community and will include a number of features including 14km of double track rail from Lawnton to Kippa Ring, grade separated rail connection to the Caboolture line, 22 bridge structures to provide grade separation of road and rail, including over the Bruce Highway, 6 new rail stations including bus interchanges and bike storage, 2850 carparks, stabling (including train crew facilities) for 10-6 car trains in the vicinity of Kippa- Station and a 3 metre wide concrete shared path for cyclists and pedestrians along the entire length of the corridor.
This Railway will provide a more reilable, economical and faster alternative to driving to Brisbane’s CBD during peak hours. It will assist in reducing congestion on the road including the Bruce Highway, help attract investment to the area, create business opportunities, provide better access to major employment centres both within and outside the Moreton Bay region, provide sustainable and active transport options that reduce emissions (every full train on the new line will take 600 cars off the road) and much much more! This $988 million project is funded by the Australian and Queensland governments and The Moreton Bay Regional Council and will be completed mid 2016 weather permitting.