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


Infrastructure constraints limit the use of longer trains on the existing rail network to the Port of Townsville. These constraints are impacting freight throughput on the road and rail networks, affecting the cost and efficiency of freight movements. The rail corridor requires trains to traverse the Townsville urban area to access the Port of Townsville, creating safety issues and congestion at open level crossings, and environmental and amenity issues in residential areas. Currently, 1,000-metre trains operating in the rail corridor must be broken up before entering the port precinct, which also contributes to the inefficient movement of trains.


The proposal is investigating options for a new freight rail link with greater capacity connecting the Mount Isa Line and North Coast Line, through the Townsville State Development Area to the Port of Townsville.

The project is expected 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 the region’s ability to expand its productive capacity
  • improve management of 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.


Complete Detailed Business Case

* A range is provided by Responsible Agency based on 2011 Preliminary Business Case.