The Queensland Government’s Building Queensland (BQ) engaged NineSquared to undertake an economic appraisal of the proposed Beerburrum to Nambour (B2N) rail project. The B2N project was identified as a key project as part of the South-East Queensland Capacity Improvement (SEQCI) 10-year strategy. The corridor services passenger rail as well as freight services. In particular, the City Network services extend as far as Gympie in the north and provide an alternative to the congested Bruce Highway during the peaks for travel between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.
NineSquared evaluated the B2N project using a Cost-Benefit Analysis framework. This involved creating a discount cash flow of the benefits (such as time savings, operating cost savings, crash cost savings, reductions in externalities and the impact on freight movements), and costs (such as capital costs, operating costs, maintenance costs and rollingstock costs). An economic impact assessment was also conducted using computable general equilibrium modelling. This measured efficiency impacts not captured in the cost-benefit allocations such as the impacts of improved time and resource reallocations enabled by a transport infrastructure project.