Western Line reopens
THE Lockyer Valley is once again alive with the rumbling sounds of coal trains with the reopening of the Western Railway line on Monday.
The line has been closed for almost three months due to damage caused by the January floods.
More than 30 kilometres of the line has been completely resurfaced since the floods caused large sections of the track to be demolished with 260 individual sites that required repairs, using more than 2000 sleepers.
The Western Railway line works were completed three months earlier than initially scheduled.
Member for Toowoomba North Kerry Shine said the early reopening was testament to the Government's commitment to help communities recover from the floods as quickly as possible.
“Approximately 250 Queensland Rail and Thiess employees worked throughout the Toowoomba Range and I commend them on their efforts,” Mr Shine said.
Mr Shine said with the line reopening people should take care at level crossings.
“Many residents may not have seen a train pass through their town for nearly three months, so I urge everyone not to be complacent,” he said.
“A train can pass through the rail corridor and level crossings anywhere, at anytime.
“Students at Grandchester State School will this morning receive a RailSmart presentation, a statewide program which aims to raise public awareness of rail safety issues.
“Last month, Queensland Rail educators travelled to Toowoomba State High School, Toowoomba North State School, Rangeville State School, Laidley State School, Forest Hill State School, Grantham State School and Concordia College Toowoomba.”