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Southern Freight Rail Corridor Study

Overview:

The Southern Freight Rail Corridor has been identified as a future route connecting the Western Rail line near Rosewood to the interstate railway north of Beaudesert. The Southern Freight Rail Corridor will serve as a major freight link connecting a future Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail line with the existing south-east Queensland rail freight network.

Location:

South-east Queensland

Benefits:

Freight movement across Queensland is expected to double by the year 2020, with the most rapid growth anticipated to be in south-east Queensland. The Southern Freight Rail Corridor will allow for the future growth of rail freight in south-east Queensland.

Preserving this route will give south-east Queensland a major reserve of freight rail capacity for the state's future economic growth.

Regions:
Metropolitan Region

Project info

Project update

In October 2010 the final alignment for the Southern Freight Rail Corridor was announced.

After extensive public consultation and project planning, the Southern Freight Rail Corridor Study determined the alignment for a new freight rail corridor from the Western Railway south of Rosewood to the interstate rail line near Kagaru, north of Beaudesert.

Map of the alignment of the final Southern Freight Rail Corridor

A larger version of this map is avaliable.

Background

Freight movement across Queensland is expected to double by the year 2020, with the most rapid growth anticipated to be in south east Queensland.

As part of the effort to plan for this growth, the Department of Transport and Main Roads engaged AECOM Australia (formerly known as Maunsell) to undertake preliminary planning and impact assessment for the Southern Freight Rail Corridor Study.

The study aimed to identify a future route for a freight rail corridor connecting the western rail line near Rosewood to the interstate railway north of Beaudesert. The Southern Freight Rail Corridor will serve as a major freight link connecting a future Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail line with the existing south east Queensland rail freight network.

The Southern Freight Rail Corridor Study was a long term planning study. Any decision regarding the future construction of the Southern Freight Rail line will ultimately depend on a range of factors, including whether or not the proposed Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail line goes ahead. Construction is not anticipated before 2031.

In the meantime, identifying and preserving this route will ensure the appropriate land is available when needed giving south east Queensland a major reserve of freight rail capacity for the state’s future economic growth.

Project update

In October 2010 the final alignment for the Southern Freight Rail Corridor was announced.

After extensive public consultation and project planning, the Southern Freight Rail Corridor Study determined the alignment for a new freight rail corridor from the western railway south of Rosewood to the interstate rail line near Kagaru, north of Beaudesert.

Phases of the study

  • Phase 1: Consultation with community and stakeholders about the project and its potential impacts (late 2007) 
  • Phase 2: Release of draft assessment report for further feedback (October 2008) 
  • Phase 3: Announcement of revised alignment (November 2009)
  • Phase 4: Release of the revised assessment report for public consultation, finalisation of study (March - May 2010)
  • Announcement of final alignment (October 2010).

Final Assessment Report

The Final Assessment Report was completed in late 2010.

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Community info

Community consultation

Community consultation was an important part of the Southern Freight Rail Corridor Study and helped to shape analysis and inform reports.

The designation process provided two formal opportunities for the community to comment. The Minister considered comments from these consultations in making a decision on designating the alignment of the corridor.

The first of these consultations occurred with the release of the draft assessment report in October 2008. The community had a second formal opportunity to provide comment following the release of the revised assessment report in March 2010.

Last updated
18 February 2016