Rail freight corridor study released

Qld releases revised rail freight study for a future corridor to cope with growing transport task

March 26, 2010

A revised assessment report for the Southern Freight Rail Corridor Study will be released for public consultation.

The study is the first step in creating a future rail corridor linking the existing western line at Rosewood with the interstate line near Beaudesert.

The new report has been changed to show the preferred alignment, associated impacts and land requirements for the corridor.

Queensland Transport Minister Rachel Nolan says it is vital to set aside land for a future rail corridor because the volume of freight is due to double over the next 20 years.

The Bligh Government claims the corridor will need to be constructed after 2031.

This current public consultation is the final round before the consultation process is complete.

"We encourage community members to take this opportunity to let us know what you think about the rail corridor," Nolan says.

The future rail link is part of the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program, an $82 billion 20 year infrastructure blueprint designed to manage the growing freight task.

The report is available from the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

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