Cleveland rail line duplication should be a high priority

DUPLICATION of the Cleveland railway line should be completed as soon as possible, Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson says.

Mr Robinson met with opposition transport spokesman Steve Minnikin at Cleveland Station this week to discuss the duplication issue and a plan to ease the pain for commuters.

Relief could be years away, though, with the state government's $5.4 billion commitment to the Cross River Rail taking priority.

Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson met with opposition transport spokesman Steve Minnikin at Cleveland this week to discuss the duplication of the line.

Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson met with opposition transport spokesman Steve Minnikin at Cleveland this week to discuss the duplication of the line.

Mr Minnikin said that Redlands commuters were missing out, and agreed that the Cleveland duplication should be high on the reform list.

"The people of the Redlands all pay their taxes. They're getting a sub-standard rail line," he said.

"The simple fact is that this line needs to be duplicated. It's not fair on the people of the people of the bayside area.

"If you want to get the best out of the passenger network in greater Brisbane, you have got to make sure that all lines are duplicated."

The Cleveland line is the only suburban track in Brisbane not to be duplicated to its last stop. Six stations after Manly - Lota, Thornside, Birkdale, Wellington Point, Ormiston and Cleveland - are on a single track.

Adding to the pain for commuters is continued rise in rail fares, and Mr Minnikin said should the LNP win power at the next election, his party would strive to make the network reliable and affordable.

"There is a culture of people who have been turned off using public transport," he said.