Caboolture Rail Line closes for 6 days from Sept. 16 until early on Friday Sept 23 during the September school holidays

The long-awaited Moreton Bay Rail Link (MBRL) in south-east Queensland could be open in a few months, but only after services on the busy Caboolture line are stopped for six days of testing.

Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Queensland Rail and his department have overcome a problem with an inadequate signalling system that held up the opening of the new link.

He said the all-clear had been given to commission the $1 billion MBRL, but the electric train system needs to be shut between Zillmere and Caboolture from 9:00pm on Friday, September 16, until early on Friday, September 23 — the September school holidays — for final testing.

"To connect this line we will need to close the Caboolture line for six days which will be one of the largest rail line closures to ever take place in south-east Queensland," Mr Hinchliffe said.

"We know that this will be a major disruption for commuters who travel between Caboolture and Zillmere on the train line, but it is absolutely critical work to allow us to make this historic rail line a reality for the people of the Moreton Bay region."

More than 200 buses will be used to accommodate affected passengers.

"Extra station staff will be available at stations and bus connections to assist passengers and temporary timetables will be available for the closure," Mr Hinchliffe said.

"We have taken measures to limit the inconvenience for customers however we ask that regular Caboolture line customers take note of this substantial closure and have alternative options in place where possible."

Source: ABC News

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