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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. 

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 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. 

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
08 February 2017