Salisbury to Beaudesert Rail Corridor Study

We are planning for the proposed passenger rail line between Salisbury and Beaudesert.

Planning for this project is progressing towards the identification and preservation of land required for a future rail corridor and will lead into the development of a business case for the future corridor.

We sought community feedback in 2010 on a proposed alignment for a future dual track passenger rail line between Salisbury and Beaudesert.

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. 

Several planning phases need to be completed including approval of the business case, funding allocation and detailed design, prior to any construction being considered. Construction is subject to funding and state-wide priorities.

Benefits

  • Increases capacity

Key features

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.

Interaction with Inland Rail

The Inland Rail freight project from Melbourne to Brisbane is an Australian 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 Queensland Government has engaged with the Australian Government to negotiate the Inland Rail Bi-lateral Agreement to protect Queensland’s interests. As part of the agreement the Australian Government has committed $10 million towards progressing a Business Case for the Salisbury to Beaudesert (S2B) passenger rail project.  

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. The department will seek community consultation and feedback to allow the community to review the future corridor and offer valuable feedback. The outcomes of this process will inform the development of the business case for the Salisbury to Beaudesert rail line. 

Timing

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.

Widening the existing corridor

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. 

Planning maps

Proposed rail corridor alignment—Salisbury to Beaudesert

Salisbury to Beaudesert Future Rail Corridor draft alignment