The Australian and Queensland Governments are canvassing options on how to best serve one of the nation's most important ports. A jointly-funded $1.5 million study will look at the feasibility of options for improved rail freight connections to the Port of Brisbane.
Infrastructure Australia identified a dedicated rail freight line servicing the Port of Brisbane as a high priority initiative and this is one of the options which will be investigated as part of the study.
Significant analysis was undertaken as part of the 2015 Inland Rail Business Case which found the existing line could continue to service the port until 2030. The new joint study will now assess a range of immediate and long-term options to ensure freight continues to move efficiently.
In addition to the feasibility of improved rail freight connections to the Port, the study would also be looking at demand and existing infrastructure capacity.
The views of key stakeholders such as the Port of Brisbane, Brisbane City Council, Cross River Rail Delivery Authority, Queensland Rail and the Australian Rail Track Corporation will be sought as part of the study.
The outcomes of the study will help to inform the need for a future business case and corridor protection, if required.
Independent specialist advisers will be engaged to undertake the study which is expected to be completed in by mid-2019.