Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor Detailed Business Case released

19 April 2018

The Queensland Government has accepted Building Queensland’s advice to preserve the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC)—a move that will significantly reduce the future financial costs of delivering the project when it is needed.

The TEARC Detailed Business Case, released today, investigated the viability of a new 8.3-kilometre freight rail link connecting the Mount Isa Line to the North Coast line, through the Townsville State Development Area, to the Port of Townsville.

Building Queensland’s business case concluded that the costs of proceeding with the new line at this time would significantly outweigh the benefits of reduced road delays and a marginal increase in rail efficiency.

Building Queensland led the development of the business case in partnership with the project owner, the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Several state departments were consulted, as well as local government, and rail and port authorities.

The Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities and Infrastructure Australia were consulted in the development of the business case. The business case was funded jointly by the Australian and Queensland Governments.

Community information sessions were held along with a series of one-on-one meetings with residents. Community and stakeholder feedback both informed the options assessment process and helped shape the reference design.

Developed under Building Queensland’s best practice Business Case Development Framework, the TEARC Detailed Business Case is underpinned by robust analysis, applying the latest demand projections, and supported by independent peer reviews.

Building Queensland is committed to enhancing rigour and transparency of analysis in business cases. The TEARC Detailed Business Case is the third business case to be released by Building Queensland this year.

View the TEARC Detailed Business Case

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