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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

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 undertook preliminary planning and impact assessment for the SFRC 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 SFRC 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 SFRC Study was a long term planning study and preserving this route will ensure the appropriate land is available when needed. This will give South East Queensland a major reserve of freight rail capacity for the state’s future economic growth. Any decision regarding the future construction of the Southern Freight Rail line will ultimately depend on a range of factors, including the proposed Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail line.

Map of the alignment of the final Southern Freight Rail Corridor 

A larger version of this map is avaliable.

Project update

Following consultation in 2008, and new koala habitat values mapping undertaken by Department of Environment and Resource Management in 2009, a significant koala habitat area was identified in the Ebenezer/Willowbank area.

As a result of this new information, a revised assessment report was completed in 2010. The SFRC corridor was realigned for 12km to minimise impacts to this important koala habitat. The final alignment is from the western railway south of Rosewood to the interstate rail line near Kagaru, north of Beaudesert.

No further planning has been undertaken by Transport and Main Roads since the SFRC was gazetted as a Future Rail Corridor in 2010. It should be noted that the Australian Government is progressing the Inland Rail project as its number one rail freight priority and is considering the SFRC as part of the alignment for this project.

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.

Please note that Chapter 15 of the report, which relates to Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment, has been removed from the report, subsequent to consultation with the local indigenous community. This has been done in order to protect the sites.

For more information

Contact the department.

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
13 September 2016