Beams Road (Carseldine and Fitzgibbon), rail level crossing

The Beams Road rail level crossing project will reduce congestion and address safety concerns. The current rail level crossing on Beams Road will be replaced with an overpass to separate road and rail.

Beams Road is an important local road that connects communities in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. It currently experiences significant congestion at the rail level crossing, particularly during peak hours.

An overpass upgrade to the rail level crossing will:

  • improve travel times and reliability for rail and road users
  • reduce congestion
  • improve safety and access.

The Beams Road rail level crossing project required the existing Carseldine station park 'n' ride (Beams Road) to be upgraded.

To accelerate works, the upgrade of the existing Carseldine station park 'n' ride (Beams Road) commenced in mid-2022 and was completed in November 2023. Works included building a new access on Balcara Avenue, to minimise disruption to park 'n' ride customers once construction of the overpass commences.

The existing car park, kiss 'n' ride, bike and bus facilities have also been upgraded.

The department will continue to work closely with the community to keep them informed as the project progresses.

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Improves ride quality

Key features

  • A new overpass bridge.
  • Removal of existing rail level crossing boom gates.
  • Paths for walking and bike riding.
  • Upgrading the existing Carseldine park 'n' ride facilities and new access road (Balcara Avenue).

Funding

The Australian Government has committed $56.24 million and Brisbane City Council has committed $40 million towards this project.  The Queensland Government will fund the balance of the project, noting the Australian Government and Brisbane City Council contributions fall short of the requested funding splits. Investment ID 2248719.

Funding figures updated December 2023 to reflect increased Australian Government and Queensland Government contributions.

Total investment
$235 million
Australian Government
$56.24 million
Queensland Government
$138.76 million
Local government
$40 million

Current status

The business case was finalised in late-2021 and was developed with input from Queensland Rail and Brisbane City Council.

The project commenced design and pre-construction activities in March 2022.

Enabling works are now underway with construction expected to begin in March 2024, weather and conditions permitting.

Beams Road is a local road controlled by the Brisbane City Council.

Beams Road upgrade (Lacey Road to Handford Road)

Brisbane City Council is planning to upgrade Beams Road between Lacey Road (at Carseldine and Fitzgibbon) and Handford Road (at Taigum and Zillmere). The upgrade will improve safety for all road users and the efficiency of the road corridor and will improve pedestrian and cycling facilities and connectivity.

Sustainability

The department is committed to delivering the Queensland Government's sustainability policies and targets and to continually improving on design and construction methods to achieve net positive impacts.

Throughout design and construction for this upgrade, and in line with the project’s Infrastructure Sustainability Strategy, we will:

  • explore available clean energy options for both design and construction
  • reduce the project’s reliance on potable water by exploring alternatives
  • promote workforce development opportunities
  • reduce waste to landfill by reducing, reusing, recycling or refusing
  • pursue and reward innovation in design and construction
  • consider environmental, social, economic and governance outcomes in significant decisions
  • engage with suppliers and subcontractors to procure materials and use the materials responsibly
  • work with the local community to minimise impacts 
  • advance diversity and inclusiveness
  • respect and value the natural environment and enhance biodiversity.

Project update

Beams Road rail level crossing project map - updated July 2022

Artist impression showing the proposed concept design for the Beams Road rail level crossing project, updated as at July 2022
Artist's impressions February 2023 (indicative only)

Park 'n' ride facility, looking towards new overpass

View of the new overpass from inside the Carseldine park 'n' ride facility looking towards Brisbane CBD.  It shows the new bicycle locker to the left, the end of trip bus driver facility to the right, the dedicated bus lane on the inside of the park 'n' ride facility and also the shared path at level and on the structure itself.

View of the new overpass from inside the Carseldine park 'n' ride facility looking towards Brisbane CBD. It shows the new bicycle locker to the left, the end of trip bus driver facility to the right, the dedicated bus lane on the inside of the park 'n' ride facility and also the shared path at level and on the structure itself. 

New overpass, crossing existing train line, looking towards Bracken Ridge

View of new overpass looking towards Bracken Ridge showing the overpass crossing the existing train lines with the Carseldine station and park 'n' ride facility to the top of the image. Image shows new shared path underpasses on either side of the train lines.

View of new overpass looking towards Bracken Ridge showing the overpass crossing the existing train lines with the Carseldine station and park 'n' ride facility to the top of the image. Image shows new shared path underpasses on either side of the train lines. 

Upgraded Carseldine park 'n' ride including new bike facilities

View from the existing train lines, looking towards the Clock Corner Shops and the new overpass. Image shows new dedicated bus lane with the park 'n' ride facility and the new bike lockers and racks.

View from the existing train lines, looking towards the Clock Corner Shops and the new overpass. Image shows new dedicated bus lane with the park 'n' ride facility and the new bike lockers and racks.

Upgraded Carseldine park 'n' ride, showing dedicated bus lane and new access to Balcara Avenue

View from the existing train lines, looking towards the Clock Corner Shops and the new overpass. Image shows new dedicated bus lane with the park 'n' ride facility and the new bike lockers and racks.

View of the upgraded Carseldine station park 'n' ride facility, the new dedicated bus lane around the outside of the carpark, the upgraded kiss 'n' ride area and the new access road through to Balcara Avenue. Image is looking from Balcara Park towards the new overpass on Beams Road. 

New overpass showing on road cycle lanes and shared paths

View across the new Beams Road overpass towards the Clock Corner Shops and the Carseldine station and park 'n' ride facility. There are shared paths at ground level next to the overpass with an underpass linking north and south adjacent to the train line. There are shared paths, separated with a concrete barrier, on each side of the overpass as well as on-road cycling lanes.

View across the new Beams Road overpass towards the Clock Corner Shops and the Carseldine station and park 'n' ride facility. There are shared paths at ground level next to the overpass with an underpass linking north and south adjacent to the train line. There are shared paths, separated with a concrete barrier, on each side of the overpass as well as on-road cycling lanes. 

Aerial view looking towards Bracken Ridge

Aerial view looking towards Bracken Ridge with the new Beams Road overpass in the foreground. It shows Balcara and Beams intersection on the left and Carselgrove and Beams intersection to the right of the image.

Aerial view looking towards Bracken Ridge with the new Beams Road overpass in the foreground. It shows Balcara and Beams intersection on the left and Carselgrove and Beams intersection to the right of the image.

Flythrough – February 2023 (subject to final design changes)

Video Transcript

Beams Road (Carseldine and Fitzgibbon) rail crossing project – opening scene is an aerial shot of the full project, the camera pans around from looking towards Brisbane Central Business District with the new Beams Road overpass in the middle of the screen.

The extent of the project is Balcara Avenue and Beams Road intersection to the west and the intersection of Carselgrove Avenue, Golden Place and Beams Road to the east. It shows the upgraded Carseldine station park 'n' ride facility and Carseldine station including the new access road to Balcara Avenue from the parking facility.

The flythrough then moves west to east along the new overpass, showing the Balcara Avenue and Beams Road intersection, with shared paths on either side of the overpass at ground level. There are also shared paths and dedicated cycle lanes on either side of the overpass. The upgraded Carseldine station park 'n' ride facility is to the left of the screen, and it shows trains moving under the new overpass. It moves to the intersection of Carselgrove Avenue, Golden Place and Beams Road, showing the new left turn lane into Carselgrove Avenue.

The flythrough then moves from east to west on the southern side of the overpass, starting at Carselgrove Avenue, Golden Place and Beams Road intersection and shows the at level shared path and underpass connecting south to north adjacent to the train line. It travels over the train line and shows the at level shared path and underpass on the opposite side of the train line with the Carseldine station park 'n' ride facility and train station to the top left of the screen. There are buses, cars, trucks, pedestrian, and bike rider movements throughout the clip. The video then pans out at the Balcara Avenue and Beams Road intersection.

The next clip moves from the Balcara Avenue and Beams Road intersection over the Clock Corner Shops into the Carseldine station park 'n' ride facility, across to the train station and then moves towards the new overpass, highlighting the new bicycle locker and racks, travelling along the bus lane adjacent to the overpass looking towards Carseldine and the Clock Corner Shops.

The flythrough cuts to the bus stops and kiss 'n' ride facility inside the Carseldine station park 'n' ride, showing active transport users, pedestrians and commuters sharing the pathways. As it follows a bus around the outside of the park 'n' ride facility, you can see the bicycle lockers and the 'end of trip' bus driver facility near the Clock Corner Shops.

The camera then pans across the new Carseldine station park 'n' ride facility with the overpass to the top left of the screen, showing the new access road from the carpark onto Balcara Avenue, following a bus back towards the intersection of Balcara Avenue and Beams Road.

The flythrough moves to a close-up of the shared path on the new overpass, panning out to show the cycle lane and car movements with train lines underneath moving outwards and upwards to include the Carseldine station park 'n' ride facility and the at level shared path and underpass.

Final view is an aerial, looking towards Bracken Ridge with the Balcara Avenue and Beams Road intersection to the left of the screen. Closing screen shows the project name 'Beams Road (Carseldine and Fitzgibbon), rail level crossing project', and encourages the audience to find out more information by searching online and depicts the Australian and Queensland government logos.

Project map

Beams Road at Carseldine overview map