Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade Project


The Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade Project has been placed on the Infrastructure Priority List by Infrastructure Australia and $390 million was allocated in the 2018–19 Federal budget. Beerburrum to Nambour is a 39 km section of the North Coast Line. It is currently single track and would be unable to meet future capacity demands. The Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade project would include:

  • duplication of around 20 km of the North Coast line between Beerburrum and Landsborough

  • upgrading of railway infrastructure between Landsborough and Nambour, which would include extensions to passing loops

  • provision of dual platforms, lifts and pedestrian bridges at stations that currently only have one platform.


Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project


The Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project involves an open-cut and underground coal mine, as well as a 1067 mm gauge railway line. Its mine will be located in the Galilee Basin, 160 km north-west of Clermont, and will be Australia’s largest coal mine. A railway will extend around 200 km north-east from the mine, where it will join to the existing Goonyella Railway System, connecting with coal terminals at Hay Point (around 40 km south of Mackay) and Abbot Point (around 25 km north of Bowen). Construction of the railway has been awarded to Martinus Rail.


Central Station Upgrade


Brisbane’s Central station is currently being upgraded. Part of the project has been completed, with ongoing work to include:

  • replacement of lifts and escalators

  • platform upgrading work

  • replacement of overhead line equipment.

Work is expected to continue until 2023.


Connecting SEQ 2031


Connecting SEQ 2031 is an integrated regional transport plan for South East Queensland that was released in 2011. It provides a vision and strategies to meet the challenges for transport in the region through until 2031. The plan proposes a target to increase the share of public transport from seven per cent of all trips in the region in 2006, to 14 per cent in 2031. It outlines plans for a ‘rail revolution’, which involves a major overhaul of railways in South East Queensland and the provision of a modern, high capacity network, with the result that train travel will be faster and more reliable than private motor cars for most journeys. Several of the projects included in the plan have been completed or are in progress. Passenger railway and light rail projects include:

  • rail network optimisation: improved timetabling, upgraded signalling and new generation rolling stock

  • Cross River Rail: a new north–south railway, including a tunnel under the Brisbane River

  • rail network sectorisation: separating the railway network into three sectors:

  • UrbanLink, providing high frequency all stations services in the inner area of the network

  • ExpressLink, providing express services connecting outer areas of the network between 6.00 am and 9.00 pm

  • CoastLink, providing express trains linking the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast with Brisbane, making the journey in a travel time of around one hour

  • a light rail line on the Gold Coast from Helensvale to Coolangatta, including a connection to the Gold Coast airport

  • a subway system in central Brisbane, with the first line from Toowong to Bowen Hills via West End

  • a new railway line from Beerwah to Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast

  • a new railway line from Petrie to Kippa-Ring

  • a new railway line from Salisbury to Flagstone, with a possible future extension to Beaudesert

  • a new railway line from Richlands to Springfield and Redbank Plains

  • a new railway line from Ipswich to Ripley

  • a possible future railway connection between Redbank Plains and Ripley.

Freight railway projects include:

  • new intermodal facilities at Bromelton, Ebenezer, Swanbank and Charlton Wellcamp Enterprise (near Toowoomba)

  • upgraded intermodal facilities at Acacia Ridge and Brisbane

  • a dual gauge railway primarily for freight between Acacia Ridge and the Port of Brisbane

  • a dual gauge freight railway between Bromelton and Acacia Ridge

  • a dual gauge freight railway bypass from Kagaru (on the standard gauge railway to New South Wales) to a point on the Western railway line west of Rosewood

  • preservation of a railway corridor for a possible future dual gauge line between Gowrie and Grandchester

  • upgrading of existing railway lines to further separate freight and passenger traffic, and provide passing loops for longer trains.


Cross River Rail


Cross River Rail is a 10.2 km railway line in Brisbane connecting Dutton Park with Bowen Hills. It includes a 5.9 km tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD. New stations will be constructed at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba and Albert Street. The project provides a second crossing of the Brisbane River, which will ease congestion and provide more reliable connections between northern and southern lines through the CBD. It will enable an increase in peak rail capacity into the CBD to 134 trains per hour, up from 86 trains an hour currently. Construction work is ongoing, with the line due to be operational in 2024. As part of the project a new underground station will be opened at Roma Street, while Exhibition station will be upgraded to enable it to provide year round-services. The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority is also planning three new stations of the Gold Coast line, to be located at Pimpana, Helensvale North and Merrimac.

Faster Rail


Faster Rail is an initiative of the Australian Government to investigate improving rail connections between cities and their surrounding regions. Funding was provided in 2018 to support the development of three business cases, including between Brisbane and the regions of Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Five additional business cases were announced in the 2019–20 budget, including Brisbane to the Gold Coast. Although the Australian Government is providing financial support for the development of the business cases, this does not mean it will support delivery of specific projects.

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3


Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 will extend from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads. The line will be 6.7 km in length and comprise dual light rail track located in the centre of the Gold Coast Highway, with road traffic lanes on either side of the light rail tracks. It will include eight new light rail stations. Journey time between Broadbeach South and Burleigh Heads is expected to be approximately 17 minutes. Five new light rail vehicles will be added to the fleet to service the extended line.

Landsborough to Nambour Rail Corridor Study


A new and improved railway route between Landsborough and Nambour has been identified. It is designed to replace the existing single track alignment which has numerous curves. The proposed upgrade will boost frequency, speed and reliability of rail services. Existing stations will be retained or relocated.

Moura Link–Aldoga Rail Project


The Moura Link–Aldoga Rail Project involves a major expansion of the railway network in the area immediately north of greater Gladstone. The main features of the project are:

  • construction of a new rail link, the ‘Moura Link’, to carry traffic arriving from the south-west on the Moura Short line to the existing North Coast line south-east of Mount Larcom, and connecting with the proposed Wiggins Island Coal Terminal railway loops and other railways in the Gladstone region

  • rolling stock maintenance yard and provisioning facilities, known as the Aldoga Rail Yard, east of Mount Larcom

  • an additional double-track electrified railway line from the new Aldoga Rail Yard to the proposed Wiggins Island Coal Terminal east of Yarwun, and provision for an additional two tracks on the North Coast line.

An Environmental Impact Statement was completed in 2009 and the Queensland Government has given the project that status of ‘Recommended project proceed subject to conditions and recommendations’.


New Generation Rollingstock


The New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) project involves the delivery of 75 six-carriage trains for service on the south-east Queensland passenger rail network. A new maintenance centre for the trains was built at Wulkuraka, west of Ipswich. Three NGR train simulators are also being obtained for crew training. The first train commenced service until December 2017. Work is required to modify the NGR fleet, including providing accessibility for people with disabilities. This work will continue until 2024.


North Galilee Basin Rail Project


The North Galilee Basin Rail (NGBR) Project is a new standard gauge railway line that will transport coal from mines in the northern Galilee Basin to Abbot Point (around 25 km north of Bowen). The railway line is approximately 300 km in length and connects with the proposed Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project’s railway line in the vicinity of Mistake Creek, approximately 70 km east of the proposed mine. The NGBR Project will have an operational capacity of up to 100 million tonnes of coal per annum, which will come from the proposed Carmichael Coal Mine and other mines in the north Galilee Basin. The project has received Government approval.


Olive Downs Project


The Olive Downs Project is an open cut coal mine proposed by Pembroke Resources South Pty Ltd. The proposal includes an 18 km railway line and a balloon loop at the mine site, which would become part of the existing Goonyella System. Coal would be transported to the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal at Hay Point (around 40 km south of Mackay). Olive Downs is located in the Bowen Basin, approximately 40 km south-east of Moranbah in Central Queensland.


Queensland Rail Stabling Program


Four new train stabling facilities are being constructed in South East Queensland. They will house the 75 New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) trains. New facilities will are being built at Banyo, Elimbah, Woombye and Kippa-Ring. The existing stabling facility at Robina will also be expanded.

Shorncliffe Station Precinct Heritage Restoration


Shorncliffe station, terminus of Brisbane’s Shorncliffe Line, is being restored by Queensland Rail. The project includes moving the station building to facilitate repairs to the foundations, renewing the interior of the building, construction of a new staff operations facility, and restoration of the air raid shelter that was constructed during the Second World War. Completion of the project will return the station to its appearance when it was opened in 1897.

Surat Basin Rail Project


The Surat Basin Rail Project is a proposed 210 km long railway line linking the Western Railway System, near Wandoan, with the Moura Railway System, near Banana. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Southern Missing Link’, the project aims to provide a multi-user, open access rail link, and facilitate the export of coal and freight through the Port of Gladstone. It is expected that coal will form the bulk of traffic on the line, but that other freight traffic will increase over time. An Environmental Impact Statement was completed in 2009 and the Queensland Government has given the project that status of ‘Recommended project proceed subject to conditions and recommendations’, although it is currently on hold.