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Responsible Agency: Department of Transport and Main Roads
Proposal Stage of Development: Detailed Business Case Underway
Planned Stage End Date: Q4 2017
Estimated Cost of Delivery: $500–$700 million*
Date of Publication: December 2016 (for period 4 June 2016 – 3 December 2016)

NEED

Infrastructure constraints and inefficiencies limit the use of longer trains on the existing rail network to the Port of Townsville, impacting freight throughput.

PROPOSAL

The objectives of the proposal are to:

  • enhance regional development as well as state and national economic prosperity by effectively moving increasing volumes of freight—primarily for export
  • eliminate supply chain constraints and bottlenecks affecting Australia’s ability to expand its productive capacity
  • manage community amenity, safety, sustainability and congestion impacts associated with future increases in rail freight moving through the Townsville urban area
  • protect freight corridors for current and future use.

The proposal is investigating the movement of up to 1,400 metre freight trains via a new rail link connecting the Mt Isa Line and North Coast Line, through the Townsville State Development Area to the Port of Townsville.

The proposal includes a double track configuration, a bridge over the Ross River and road-over-rail infrastructure.

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* A range is provided by Responsible Agency based on 2011 Preliminary Business Case. An estimate will be provided once the Detailed Business Case is further progressed.