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Guide to development in a transport environment: Rail

About the guide

The Guide to development in a transport environment: Rail (the guide) provides important information for those involved in the planning, design or delivery of development in the vicinity of railways in Queensland.

The guide is structured into four parts:

  • Part A provides the context for development in a railway environment.
  • Part B is relevant to development proposed on land adjacent to a railway. It provides supporting information about the key issues which need to be addressed if proposing development near a railway including information to assist in preparing development applications consistent with the State Development Assessment Provisions.
  • Part C is relevant to development or works proposed within a railway corridor. It outlines the approvals, processes and technical requirements which must be satisfied to comply with legislation governing works in a railway corridor.
  • Part D provides supplementary information to support this guide.

The guide takes effect from 6 July 2015. It replaces the Guide for development in a railway environment (2010).

Early consultation with the department is strongly recommended to confirm how the information contained in the guide applies to a proposed development. 

Technical standards

Queensland Rail technical requirements and standard drawings referenced in the guide are outlined below:

Superseded technical standards

Document Replacement document Date of replacement
QR Standard Drawing 2544 - Standard security fence QR-C-S3230 – Standard security fence 26 August 2015
QR Standard Drawing 2545 - Standard timber fence  QR-C-S3231 – Standard timber fence 26 August 2015
QR Standard Drawing 2550 - Standard rural fences (miscellaneous site layout details) QR-C-S3236 – Standard rural fences (miscellaneous site layout details) 26 August 2015 

Superseded guide versions

Development applications lodged prior to 6 July 2015 will need to refer to the Guide for development in a railway environment published in 2010.

Guide version Date of commencement Date of replacement
Guide for development in a railway environment October 2010 6 July 2015

Contact us

The Director, Development Facilitation
Transport Strategy and Planning Branch
Planning, Policy and Investment Division
Department of Transport and Main Roads

Telephone: 3066 1427

Last updated
30 July 2019