I refer to the costings of the recent Casino to Murwillumbah rail feasibility study.
The restoration of the rail line from Byron Bay to Mullumbimby is estimated to cost $202 million.
This is a stretch of rail track that is 16km long.
It has approximately 25 wooden underbridges, of which 13 are less then 15m long, a total of approximately 600m. These underbridges have been budgeted at $61 million. That is $100,000 for every metre of wooden underbridge. A recent condition report, released with the feasibility study, requested all underbridges to be replaced. None of them had been physically inspected and it was acknowledged that in a 2004 inspection report 15 of the 25 underbridges were considered to be in good or fair condition.
There are preliminaries and contingencies and overheads and unknowns and profits, but costing estimates of $200 million for this part of the track look to me as it is intended not to go ahead, to say it politely.
Jens Krause, Byron Bay