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State-controlled transport and road infrastructure

Passenger transport infrastructure

Passenger transport is an essential part of Queensland’s transport system, enabling large numbers of people to access key centres of employment, education, health and essential services. Transport and Main Roads works closely with its delivery partners to provide an accessible, integrated and efficient passenger transport network across rail, bus, tram and ferry services.


Queensland Rail manages and maintains approximately 6,560 kilometres of track (mainline only, excludes sidings, passing loops and yards) in Queensland.

The Rail Transport Services Contracts between Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Rail support effective passenger and regional freight rail services across Queensland, and provide a flexible, accountable and transparent mechanism for the government to satisfy its transport policy objectives.

In addition to passenger transport services, the Rail Transport Service Contract provides funding for maintenance, renewal and upgrading of rail assets such as track, bridges, signalling equipment, stations and rollingstock.

Aurizon and Watco East West operate regional rail services for livestock, with Linfox providing general freight rail services under separate Transport Service Contracts.

Light rail

Gold Coast Light Rail is Queensland’s only light rail infrastructure service. It is 20.3 kilometres in length, has 19 stations and 18 trams with bus connections at key activity centres. The light rail is a world class public transport system for residents and visitors to the Gold Coast.


Transport and Main Roads owns, manages and operates 29 kilometres of busways across South East Queensland. Busways are an essential part of the integrated passenger transport network and provide dedicated road space to help improve bus journey times and reliability. The busways also increase overall network capacity and facilitate more efficient movement of people across our network.

Other passenger transport infrastructure

Transport and Main Roads delivers a broad range of other statewide passenger transport infrastructure investments across the integrated public transport network which are aimed at supporting and enhancing passenger transport services for customers. These targeted infrastructure investments include stations and interchanges, bus priority including Transitways, park ‘n’ ride expansion, bus stops, accessibility upgrades and signage and wayfinding improvements.

Maritime infrastructure

Improving safety through a whole of network approach to the operation of Queensland’s waterways ensures a safe and efficient marine environment for industry and the shipping network, as well as recreational users.

Transport and Main Roads owns, manages, operates and maintains maritime infrastructure across Queensland, including State Boat Harbours and a ferry terminal (Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island). Within State Boat Harbours TMR funds, constructs and maintains infrastructure including amenity blocks, car and car trailer parking, pile and buoy moorings.

The department funds the construction and ongoing structural maintenance of recreational boating facilities including boat ramps, pontoons, jetties, floating walkways. Local managing authorities, councils, ports or water authorities provide the land-based infrastructure for these facilities, such as car and trailer parking. These partners work closely with TMR to ensure efficient day to day operation and maintenance of land-based infrastructure. 

Other maritime infrastructure key service areas include dredging work and condition assessments, as well as the delivery of a statewide aid to navigation network which includes technical operations, maintenance and construction, as well as redesign and expansion activities.

Cycling infrastructure

Transport and Main Roads plans, constructs, operates and provides grants to local governments for cycling infrastructure across the state.

Bike riding is a flexible and efficient form of transport with direct economic, health and other benefits for individuals and for the community. Investment in building, upgrading and improving cycling infrastructure provides active transport connections that link people to work, education, recreation and services. Responsibility for ongoing asset management lies with either Transport and Main Roads or local governments, depending on the asset owner.

State-controlled road infrastructure

Transport and Main Roads manages and operates Queensland’s state-controlled road network (33,367 kilometres in length), which is Queensland's largest publicly owned physical infrastructure asset.

The state-controlled road network consists of roads on the National Land Transport Network and other state-controlled roads. The different classes of roads are shown in Queensland’s transport and road network map.

The state-controlled road network includes the major traffic carrying and linking roads across Queensland, with 80 per cent of Queensland’s road traffic carried on state- controlled roads. These roads are used for a wide range of purposes, including freight, tourist trips, daily commutes, access to services and recreation.

National Land Transport Network (Queensland)—4,996km

Transport and Main Roads owns, manages and operates the National Land Transport Network in Queensland. The National Land Transport Network is a single integrated network of land transport linkages of strategic national importance and is based on national and inter-regional transport corridors including connections through urban areas, links to ports and airports, rail, road and intermodal connections. These are of critical importance to national and regional economic growth, development and connectivity.

Other state-controlled roads (Queensland)—28,731km

Other state-controlled roads in Queensland include 4,108 kilometres of state strategic roads and 24,264 kilometres of regional and district roads.

Local government-controlled road infrastructure

Local government-controlled roads are owned, managed and operated by various local governments across Queensland.

Toll roads

Transport and Main Roads manages the policy and legislative framework for toll roads in Queensland, under the provisions of the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994. The department sub-leases toll road land to operators or local government on behalf of the Queensland Government.

Declared toll roads in South East Queensland include the Gateway Motorway, Logan Motorway, Clem7 Tunnel, Go Between Bridge, Legacy Way and AirportLinkM7.

The new Toowoomba Bypass (formerly known as the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC)) is a toll road operated by Nexus Infrastructure for Transport and Main Roads under an availability payment Public Private Partnership arrangement. Toll revenue is being collected on behalf of Transport and Main Roads by Transurban Queensland, trading as Linkt. Toll revenue will contribute towards Transport and Main Roads’ payments to Nexus Infrastructure for operation and maintenance of Toowoomba Bypass.

Reflects QTRIP 2021-22 to 2024-25 (as at 15 June 2021).