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Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor

Overview:

The Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) project is a proposed 8.3km rail freight line connecting the North Coast rail line directly into the Port of Townsville.

Location:

The corridor spans across 8kms to link the North Coast Line at Abbott Street to the Port of Townsville, passing through the Townsville State Development Area.

Benefits:

The TEARC project will provide benefits for rail freight transporting materials from the Mount Isa and North Coast line into the Port of Townsville. It will create capacity for the growing tonnage demand on the Mount Isa rail system and improve traffic flow, amenity and safety in the city centre by reducing the number of freight trains using the current line.

Preservation of the project corridor now will ensure land is available when required.

Funding:
$10 million has been committed to preserve the TEARC corridor, with joint contributions from the Australian and Queensland Governments.
Regions:
North Queensland Region - Northern District

Project info

Infrastructure constraints and inefficiencies limit the existing rail network into the Port of Townsville, impacting freight throughput.

The TEARC project is a proposed 8.3km rail freight line which would connect the North Coast rail line directly into the Port of Townsville through the Townsville State Development Area via a path parallel to the Port Access Road.

In November 2017 Building Queensland completed a detailed business case, assessing the viability of the TEARC project, considering the future demand and freight capacity along the supply chain. The business case concluded that the current costs of proceeding with the new line significantly outweighed the project benefits.

Building Queensland's findings were presented and accepted by the Queensland Government in early 2018. The Australian Government also accepted these findings. 

TMR is committed to preserving the TEARC corridor, to ensure TMR is best placed to construct the freight line when the demand supports it. This will include gazetting the corridor, meeting environmental obligations and the possible acquisition of land.

TMR has completed further technical assessments on the land requirements and is currently progressing further environmental assessments. TMR is also engaging with stakeholders and will continue to do so as part of this planning process.

Community info

The project’s Customer and Stakeholder Management team is committed to engaging with stakeholders and values all community feedback during the project’s planning and construction.

Contact details

Email: engagement.northern@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 1800 625 648

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Last updated
04 August 2019