Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser, Transport Minister Rachel Nolan and Member for Toowoomba North Kerry Shine today inspected the damaged Toowoomba Range rail line where geotechnical survey work has started to assess the condition of the track.
Mr Fraser said the survey would confirm the extent of damage caused by multiple landslips on the Toowoomba Range on 10 January due to the extensive flooding.
“Queensland has a massive rebuilding task ahead and nowhere is that more evident than on the Western rail line,” he said.
“The survey will inform engineers on how best to embark on reconstruction work, including the rebuilding of Kings Bridge and deep washouts at areas around Spring Bluff and Ripper Creek.
“Because of the scale of the damage, Queensland Rail is completing a full assessment of the track affected, the works required, the resources available and the timeframe for recovery.”
Ms Nolan said the rail line was a vital link for the region and the Queensland Government was committed to rebuilding the line as quickly and safely as possible in support of south western communities.
“Queensland Rail crews have already completed full walking inspections from Harlaxton to Murphy’s Creek and have starting repairing the roads used to access the Range,” Ms Nolan said.
“There are currently 275 sites that have been identified for further inspection or repair while there are up to 240 other underground structures that will require detailed investigation. “
Member for Toowoomba North Kerry Shine said the line is critical to the south-west Queensland economy.
“We appreciate the impact this has on businesses and local residents,” Mr Shine said.
“But given the difficult terrain work to repair and reopen the line must be done methodically and in safety.
“I’m heartened by the fact that the authorities are doing all they can to get this line up and running as soon as possible.”