It was great to see Alan, Gail and Barbara enjoying the first train ride on the Moreton Bay Rail Link on October 3. Alan and Barbara are the grandchildren of AJ Wyllie – a pioneer of the Pine Rivers area. Of great interest is Mr Wyllie’s diary from over 130 years ago when the first Council meeting raised the need for a railway to Redcliffe.
The Line was officially opened by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk and Mayor Allan Sutherland.
The Redcliffe Peninsula Line is a 12.6 km dual-track passenger rail line between Petrie and Kippa-Ring, including 6 rail stations at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Mango Hill East, Rothwell and Kippa-Ring.
The new rail line is part of a $1.2 billion program of public transport improvements for the Moreton Bay Region, funded by the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council, which includes the rail line, Petrie to Lawnton track duplication and improvements to the Rothwell roundabout.