Toowoomba North South Transport Corridor Planning

The department has started planning on the Toowoomba transport network to address the predicted increase in traffic through the town centre and improve road safety.

 

With a number of large-scale community development programs, including housing, advancing through the planning and approval stages, Greater Toowoomba's population is expected to swell by approximately 76,000 people from current population of approximately 123,000 to nearly 200,000 people by 2046. 

With such significant community growth expected over the next 23 years, the Toowoomba North South Transport Corridor (TNSTC) is a Queensland Government infrastructure investment priority to ensure that personal, public, and commercial transport in Toowoomba is managed effectively in the long-term by ensuring that residents and businesses are supported by the right infrastructure.  

Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is planning for the Toowoomba transport network of tomorrow to address the predicted rise in traffic congestion through the town centre and improve road safety as the city grows. The Toowoomba North South Transport Corridor (TNSTC) strategic planning project has identified a need to connect future residential and employment growth areas while addressing emerging freight needs with the protection of a future transport corridor. 

Identifying and protecting a future transport corridor is an important planning initiative that enables the Toowoomba community to make informed decisions about land use investment. Corridor protection ensures urban, rural, commercial, and industrial development meets growing community needs and aligns with a future transport corridor.

Currently there is no funding for construction of the proposed transport corridor and the project is in initial consultation phase only. As demand for additional north-south transport routes increases, TMR will continue to seek funding for future infrastructure opportunities to meet community needs.

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Better road access
  • Accessibility
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth

Key features

Through planning and consulting with the community, we aim to find transport infrastructure solutions that will:

  • improve access and connections for emerging communities and industries
  • support the expansion areas outlined in regional and council plans
  • increase safety on current roads
  • ensure infrastructure certainty for future development in the area 
  • increase transport infrastructure capacity
  • reduce road user travel time
  • boost economic development in the greater Toowoomba region
  • maintain the efficiency of the New England Highway
  • move towards a multi modal transport future. 

Funding

There is no funding for construction within the proposed corridor for the long-term future. Investment ID 453485

Total investment
$2.52 million
Queensland Government
$2.52 million

Current status

We are seeking feedback from key stakeholders and potentially impacted landowners about the proposed route for the transport corridor.

The transport corridor being considered also includes 2 new east-west connections:

  • north of Charlton
  • south of Highfields.

Some parts of the area where the transport corridor is proposed is already highly developed and has difficult terrain, environmental challenges, and flooding concerns.

We are also considering other planning and development restrictions as Toowoomba continues to grow. 

Initial technical investigations identified several potential routes and possible interchange locations. The preferred route was chosen based on its potential to make connections between:

  • current and future residential areas
  • commercial and industrial developments
  • community facilities such as the proposed Toowoomba Regional Sports Precinct.

The goal is to better connect existing transport infrastructure while minimising the impact on different land uses.

Important factors in developing the proposed corridor include:

  • reducing flooding problems
  • avoiding areas with significant environmental and cultural heritage value
  • preserving agricultural land
  • maintaining or improving the amenity and connections for the community. 

The proposed transport corridor also minimises the impact on community infrastructure and local roads as much as possible. 

Have your say

An essential component to confirming the location and protection of a future transport corridor is to undertake community consultation. 

Consultation is currently underway for the initial planning phases only. Importantly, there will be multiple opportunities in the coming two decades to contribute feedback to the shaping of this project.

There are a number of ways in which you can provide feedback below; pin a comment to the interactive map, complete the online survey, or post to the feedback walls or come and attend one of our information and feedback sessions being held through the region. 

All feedback will be considered and will inform current planning and determine if corridor protection should proceed. In addition to community consultation, potentially affected landowners will have the opportunity to provide site specific feedback about how the future state transport corridor will affect their property, business, and amenity. 

The initial round of community consultation has been extended to 13 October 2023.

Feedback sessions

We want your views! To accommodate Toowoomba's future growth, we are planning ahead with the North South Transport Corridor. New community drop-in sessions are being held to provide information and hear feedback about the proposed planning project. 

Date Location
Wednesday 16 August 2023
9.00am to 5.30pm 

Cancelled
Grand Central Shopping Centre (Level 1, near Connor)
Margaret Street,
TOOWOOMBA CITY  QLD  4350
This event has been cancelled, the venue is not available.
Thursday 17 August 2023
9am to 2pm
Highfields Village Shopping Centre (near the pharmacy)
66 Highfields Road
HIGHFIELDS  QLD  4352  
Friday 18 August 2023
9am to 2pm 

Cancelled
Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre (near Big W)
100-124 Anzac Avenue
NEWTOWN  QLD  4350 
This event has been cancelled, the venue is not available.

Wednesday 23 August 2023
9.00am to 5.30pm

Cancelled

Grand Central Shopping Centre (Level 1, near Connor)
Margaret Street,
TOOWOOMBA CITY  QLD  4350
This event has been cancelled, the venue is not available.

Thursday 24 August 2023
9am to 7.30pm 

Highfields Village Shopping Centre (near the pharmacy)
66 Highfields Road
HIGHFIELDS  QLD  4352

Friday 25 August 2023
9am to 2pm 

Cancelled
Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre (near Big W)
100-124 Anzac Avenue
NEWTOWN  QLD  4350 
This event has been cancelled, the venue is not available.
Friday 25 August 2023 
9am to 5.30pm
 
Highfields Village Shopping Centre (near the pharmacy)
66 Highfields Road
HIGHFIELDS  QLD  4352
Saturday 26 August 2023
9am to 2pm
 
Highfields Village Shopping Centre (near the Pharmacy)
66 Highfields Road
HIGHFIELDS  QLD  4352
New feedback sessions have been added: 
Thursday 31 August 2023
11am to 6pm

Toowoomba City Library
Seminar Room C, Level 3
155 Herries Street
TOOWOOMBA  QLD  4350

Friday 1 September 2023
11am to 6pm
Toowoomba City Library
Multipurpose room, Level 3
155 Herries Street
TOOWOOMBA  QLD  4350
Saturday 2 September 2023
9am to 2pm 
Westbrook Community Hall
114 Main Street
WESTBROOK  QLD 4350
Wednesday 6 September 2023
11am to 6pm 
Westbrook Community Hall
114 Main Street
WESTBROOK  QLD 4350

Sustainability

Environmental and cultural heritage assessments have already been done, along with other design considerations to address community concerns. The aim of these assessments is to reduce the impacts on existing and future land use. 

We plan to minimise the amount of earthworks required and to maintain or improve the existing amenity while reducing hazards such as noise and dust. 

The preferred route was chosen based on its minimal impact to environmental and cultural heritage land values. 

Further field work will be done on this proposed option to refine the corridor, ensuring that the project meets the requirements set out by the Queensland and Australian Governments and maximises sustainability outcomes. 

Toowoomba North South Transport Corridor planning map

Detailed map for proposed corridor for Toowoomba North South Corridor indicating proposed major and minor intersections, the corridor, koala habitat, significant cultural heritage, regional plan areas