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Brisbane rail bottleneck to cost $69b

Tony Moore reports in the Brisbane Times (11.5.16) on state government warnings of a transport bottleneck crisis in Brisbane, with the local economy apparently hampered by the lack of rail river crossings in the growing capital city.

'South-east Queensland faces a $69 billion brake on the economy due to a looming transport crisis, with Brisbane CBD's sole rail bridge to reach capacity in 2021, two years before the scheduled completion of the Cross River Rail tunnel.

'Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe laid out the looming problem on day two of the Queensland Transport Infrastructure conference at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday.

'"By 2021 there will be no capacity to increase our services during our busiest times and passengers will face over-crowding on platforms and trains," Mr Hinchliffe said.'

 

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