So what is in store for SE Queensland commuters in the next few years? Rail projects include more trains, which with the recent resurgence in 3-car units are desperately required. Unfortunately it will be many years until the next generation rolling stock are in service. Coomera to Helensvale second track project will start around 2014, far too late to help with the 2012 timetable. The Gold Coast Light Rail will continue to proceed. The Mayne to Ferny Grove connection will allow empty trains to access the duplicated Ferny Grove Line without needing to run through the City to improve operating efficiency. The Lawnton to Petrie triplication and Moreton Bay Rail Link are go. Construction looks to continue on the Richlands to Springfield Line, and parts of the Northern and Eastern Busways. There is also mention of the mysterious CBD bus infrastructure capacity program, and Rail Capacity Upgrades phase 1.
What is missing? Well Cross River Rail is only mentioned in terms of the planning study and property acquisition. The delay to Cross River Rail will mean limited capacity for patronage growth from the Moreton Bay Rail Link and Gold Coast Lines. Despite the Coomera to Helensvale second track allowing for more Gold Coast trains, the lack of track upgrades along the Beenleigh Line corridor may slow down Gold Coast Line trains as they cannot overtake Gold Coast trains between Beenleigh and Kuraby. The overcrowded Cleveland Line looks set for no infrastructure improvements. There are no plans to duplicate and extend the Doomben Line to Northshore Hamilton in the near future. There is also nothing for the Sunshine Coast - CAMCOS and duplications to Landsborough appear to have gone missing in action.