Salisbury to Beaudesert Rail Business Case

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

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications are planning for the long-term passenger and freight transport needs between Salisbury and Beaudesert.

Planning is now underway to confirm the need, timing and land requirements for a future rail line and services to support population, employment and economic growth in the south-west corridor of Queensland's capital city region.      

The Salisbury to Beaudesert rail corridor is a key part of the Queensland Government's long-term vision for the South East Queensland rail network. 

The planning underway will consider: 

  • preservation of land for a future rail corridor
  • provision of tracks from Salisbury to Beaudesert to support future passenger services
  • provision of freight tracks between Acacia Ridge and Kagaru, optimising the re-use of the existing interstate track
  • provision of a shared pedestrian and cycle track along much of the corridor, as identified within the South East Queensland Principal Cycle Network
  • provision of 11 stations with associated facilities and car parks, improving accessibility to the passenger transport network
  • provision of maintenance access roads, stabling facilities and associated infrastructure to support activities within the corridor.

Background

The Salisbury to Beaudesert rail corridor has been identified in various Queensland Government planning publications, including ShapingSEQ: South East Queensland Regional plan 2017 and the South East Queensland Regional Transport Plans 2021.  

Community feedback was sought in 2010 on a proposed alignment for a future passenger rail line between Salisbury and Beaudesert. 

Infrastructure Australia has identified corridor preservation for the Salisbury to Beaudesert rail corridor as a priority initiative.

Inland Rail

In 29 November 2019, the Australian and Queensland Governments signed the Inland Rail Bilateral Agreement enabling the delivery of Inland Rail in Queensland and the development of 4 rail studies, including the Salisbury to Beaudesert Rail Business Case, to enhance the benefits it offers the state.

Next steps

The completion of business case activities is expected to be completed by late-2022. Preservation of the corridor, including community consultation, remains a high priority for TMR.

Current status

The development of a strategic business case has started.

Study area

The study area extends between Salisbury and Beaudesert.

Map showing the Salisbury to Beaudesert project area

Benefits

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

Funding

The Australian and Queensland governments have jointly committed $20 million, under a 50:50 funding arrangement. Investment ID 1487103

Total investment
$20 million
Australian Government
$10 million
Queensland Government
$10 million