Inland rail freight train

Mayor Darren Power speaks at Inland Rail senate inquiry today

The management of the Inland Rail project – which threatens to have negative consequences for residents in Logan West – is the subject of a Senate inquiry public hearing today in Brisbane.

Logan City Mayor, Darren Power, will represent the local community’s views on the project when he speaks at 2.45pm.

Today’s hearing is due to begin at 11.45am and audio can be streamed here.

The program for today’s hearing is available here.

Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is delivering a proposed freight connection between Brisbane and Melbourne. This includes the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton (K2ARB) section running through the western side of the City of Logan on the existing interstate rail line. It directly affects Logan West suburbs like Forestdale, Hillcrest, Boronia Heights, Greenbank and New Beith.

It is expected that longer trains and double-stacked carriages will be used on the route, with the frequency of services rising from approximately eight trains a day to up to 45 by 2040.

The local section of Inland Rail is currently in the design stages, but the rail line will be lowered and additional passing loops will be created. The trains are expected to operate 24 hours a day and have been a development of great concern to local residents along the interstate line.

By 2041, 17,000 Logan residents are anticipated to live within 500m either side of the K2ARB route, while 38,000 residents will be within 1km.

While Logan City Council does not have a role in the approvals for Inland Rail, nor has the K2ARB section yet been declared a coordinated project by the Queensland Government, Council has joined with local residents in regularly raising concerns about the impacts of noise, vibration and air quality on the community.

“We will continue to raise these issues on the community’s behalf until we are satisfied that decision makers are genuinely considering the impacts to quality of life of existing and future Logan residents living within the Inland Rail route corridor”, Mayor Darren Power said.