Responsible Agency: Department of Transport and Main Roads
BQ Role: Lead business case
Proposal Stage of Development: Preliminary evaluation complete
Planned Stage End Date: N/A
Estimated Cost of Delivery: $500-$700 million*
Date of Publication: June 2016 (for the period 3 December 2015 – 3 June 2016)


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


The proposal is investigating the delivery of an 8 kilometre rail line from the North Coast Line, near Cluden, through the Townsville State Development Area to the Port of Townsville. It includes a double-track configuration, a bridge over the Ross River and road-over-rail infrastructure.

The objectives of the proposal are to:

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

The proposal seeks to facilitate the movement of up to 1,400-metre mineral freight trains to the Port of Townsville.


Commence Business Case.

* A range is provided by Responsible Agency as a number of options are still being considered. An estimate will be provided once the Business Case is complete.