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Salisbury to Beaudesert Rail Corridor Study

Overview:

The department is continuing to plan for a proposed passenger rail link between Salisbury and Beaudesert.

Location:

Between Salisbury and Beaudesert.

Benefits:

Identifying and preserving the future corridor will inform development in the area, allow communities and property owners to plan for their future and allow the department to appropriately condition development.

Regions:
South Coast Region, Metropolitan Region

Project info

The department is continuing to plan for a proposed passenger rail link between Salisbury and Beaudesert. The current stage of planning will further develop concepts to identify land requirements for the future corridor.

Long term regional planning by the Queensland Government has identified a need for additional public transport infrastructure to service this future growth area. We continue to work with local councils to ensure growing communities south-west of Brisbane are connected to services, employment and educational opportunities.

We sought community feedback in 2010 on a proposed alignment for a future dual track passenger rail line between Salisbury and Beaudesert. The proposed alignment utilises existing rail corridors between Salisbury and Kagaru and between Veresdale and Beaudesert, with a new rail corridor connecting Kagaru and Veresdale. A total of 11 new passenger stations are proposed/identified at:

  • Acacia Ridge
  • Algester
  • Beaudesert
  • Boronia Heights
  • Flagstone
  • Gleneagle
  • Gleneagle North
  • Greenbank
  • Hillcrest
  • New Beith
  • Undullah.

Planning for this project is progressing towards the identification and preservation of land required for a future rail corridor. The department is confirming corridor requirements and project staging in collaboration with local councils.

The Salisbury to Beaudesert Rail Corridor forms part of the Queensland Government's long term vision for the south-east Queensland rail network. The corridor has been identified in various Queensland Government planning publications, including the South East Queensland Regional plan 2017 – ShapingSEQ which identifies the corridor to support the expansion of passenger rail to Flagstone and Beaudesert. The South East Queensland Rail Horizon report (2016) identified the Cross River Rail project as a priority to provide the necessary capacity for an expansion of the rail network. Construction of both projects is subject to funding and state-wide priorities.

The department will seek community input on Salisbury to Beaudesert rail planning before refining and protecting the rail corridor for future use. Several planning phases need to be completed including approval of a business case, funding allocation and detailed design, prior to any construction being considered.

Inside the future transport corridor

The future corridor may include:

  • 2 electrified narrow gauge passenger tracks from Salisbury to Beaudesert
  • 2 dual gauge freight tracks between Acacia Ridge and Kagaru, optimising the re-use of the existing interstate track
  • allowance for a shared pedestrian and cycle track along much of the corridor, as identified within the South East Queensland Principal Cycle Network.
  • 11 stations with associated facilities and car parks
  • maintenance access roads and stabling facilities at Greenbank, Flagstone and Gleneagle North.

The purpose of corridor protection

Identifying and preserving the future rail corridor now will allow the community, councils, and developers to plan future urban growth with greater certainty. Land owners will also have the information they need to plan for their own futures.

Interaction with Inland Rail

The Inland Rail freight project from Melbourne to Brisbane is a Federal government initiative. The Inland Rail project is being delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), and the department works closely with ARTC and the Australian Government to gain project approvals and protect the state’s interests. The current Inland Rail project uses the same alignment of the Sydney to Brisbane interstate freight line from Kagaru to Acacia Ridge that is proposed for the Salisbury to Beaudesert corridor. Visit the ARTC website for more information on Inland Rail.

What's next

The department continues to plan for a proposed passenger rail link between Salisbury and Beaudesert. The current stage of planning for this project is progressing towards the identification and preservation of land required for a future rail corridor. The department is confirming corridor requirements and project staging by working with local councils. An Impact Assessment Study (IAS) will soon be available for public consultation and feedback. The IAS provides detailed information on impacts and proposed mitigation measures for the rail corridor. The department will seek community consultation and feedback on the IAS to allow the community to review the corridor intent and offer valuable feedback.

Timeline for the Salisbury to Beaudesert Rail Corridor Study. Steps are: 1. Review of environmental factors; 2: Public consultation on review of environmental factors; 3. (Current step) Prepare Impact Assessment Study; 4. Public consultation on Impact Assessment Study; 5. Release of post consultation report; 6. Ministerial submission and approval for corridor protection

  1. Review of environmental factors
  2. Public consultation on review of environmental factors
  3. (Current step) Prepare Impact Assessment Study
  4. Public consultation on Impact Assessment Study
  5. Release of post consultation report
  6. Ministerial submission and approval for corridor protection

Community info

Community interest in the proposed Salisbury to Beaudesert rail line remains high. We continue to work with local councils in the project area to ensure planning reflects community needs.

Frequently asked questions

When will the new Salisbury to Beaudesert rail line be built?

The Salisbury to Beaudesert line will be constructed after the Cross River Rail project. The South East Queensland Rail Horizon report confirmed the existing SEQ rail network will not have the capacity to expand into new routes until Cross River Rail has been completed.

Will the existing rail corridor need to be widened for a passenger rail service?

Yes. The existing rail lines between Salisbury and Kagaru and between Veresdale and Beaudesert are both single tracks without electrical service. The Salisbury to Beaudesert Rail Corridor Study is planning for a corridor which accommodates 2 passenger rail lines and 2 freight rail lines plus stations, pedestrian and cycle facilities, electrical and other infrastructure.

Why not put passenger trains on the existing rail line?

This option was investigated, but is not viable for a number of reasons:

  • The line is not electrified and passenger services would have to use diesel trains. Queensland Rail (QR) do not have suitable trains available and would have to purchase them.
  • Temporary infrastructure such as passing loops and stations would need to be constructed at a high cost. This infrastructure could not be reused in the long term solution.
  • The freight line is managed by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and access would need to be negotiated. Freight trains would be given priority over passenger services.
  • The need to change trains at Salisbury would lead to long travel delays and overcrowding on Beenleigh line services.

More information

Previous consultation

September 2010

Review of environmental factors reports

2011

2010

Last updated
05 March 2019