It is over five years since I wrote a post on this blog about the many promises that have been made over the years to build a rail link from Brisbane to Redcliffe.
In the five years since, plans to build to build the railway have been put on and then off the table once again. Redcliffe has also ceased to be a separate city, being forcibly amalgamated with the neighboring Shires of Caboolture and Pine Rivers to become the Moreton Bay Regional Council, the third largest local government authority in the country.
The Redcliffe rail link is almost certainly Queensland’s oldest and most frequently broken political promise, so today’s announcement by the federal and state governments, in conjunction with the Mayor of the Regional Council (who to their credit have never give up pushing on this issue), will understandably be met with some cynicism.
But despite the justifiable scepticism, it is still a much needed piece of infrastructure in south-east Queensland and maybe this time the growing public pressure for better public transport will finally ensure it is delivered.