Gold Coast Rail Line Capacity Improvement Project (Kuraby to Beenleigh)

The Queensland Government, together with the Australian Government's National Faster Rail Agency, is investigating ways to increase capacity and improve services on the Gold Coast and Beenleigh rail lines.

The commute between the Gold Coast and Brisbane is one of the busiest in Australia, placing pressure on the Pacific Motorway and Gold Coast rail line.

The existing rail infrastructure does not have the capacity to allow an increase in the number of train services required to meet future needs. The purpose of the Gold Coast Rail Line Capacity Improvement Project is to allow faster and more reliable express and all stop train services for customers along the busy Brisbane to Gold Coast corridor.

Increasing capacity and reliability on the Gold Coast and Beenleigh rail lines will future-proof services for the anticipated growth in passenger numbers expected over the next 20 years. Increasing capacity and reliability is also recognised in both State and Federal infrastructure lists as a priority initiative to relieve urban congestion.

As part of early planning for the project, we will be undertaking site investigations and field studies around the existing rail corridor between Kuraby and Beenleigh. These investigations will occur over several months from December 2020, weather and site conditions permitting.

The Australian Government has committed $8 million to investigate upgrades on the Gold Coast corridor, of which $4.75 million is being used for the development of the detailed business case for the Kuraby to Beenleigh Rail Capacity Improvement Project.


  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Better active transport
  • Improves ride quality

Key features

The Gold Coast Rail Line Capacity Improvement Project will:

  • improve capacity and service reliability on the Gold Coast and Beenleigh rail lines
  • address the bottleneck between Kuraby and Beenleigh stations
  • investigate ways to improve station access across all public transport modes.


Total investment
$4.75 million
Australian Government
$4.75 million

Have your say

We want to know about your experience when travelling by train on the Gold Coast and Beenleigh rail lines, and your priorities for improvements. Understanding community and customer experiences will help us understand what’s most important for users of the rail network as we work to improve it.

We are seeking feedback on customer experiences, movement in and around stations, access and safety. Community and customer feedback will help us plan and deliver better network outcomes.

If you would like to contribute your experience using and living around the Gold Coast and Beenleigh rail lines, please complete a survey.

This is the first step in informing the community about this project, and we will start detailed planning in early 2021. Your feedback will be used by us to inform detailed planning for a solution which may include changes to the existing rail corridor and stations.