Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor
Preferred bidder announced
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Preferred bidder announced
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The proposed Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor project will deliver an eight kilometre rail line from the North Coast Line, near Cluden, through the Townsville State Development Area to the Port of Townsville.The rail corridor will featuring a double-track configuration, a bridge over the Ross River and road-over-rail infrastructure.
It will facilitate the operations of 1400m trains and deliver upgrades to the Mount Isa System.
In the Townsville City deal signed in December 2016, the Federal Government committed $150 million to the project. with the Federal and Queensland governments each allocating $3 million towards the development of the business case.
As part of the City-Deal it was indicated innovative financing and value capture opportunities for the project would be explored.
Building Queensland (BQ) completed a detailed business case for the project in December 2017. BQ concluded that the costs of proceeding with the new line at this time would significantly outweigh the benefits of reduced road delays and a marginal increase in rail efficiency, with the project determined to have a Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) of between 0.11 and 0.26. The Queensland Government has accepted BQ’s recommendation to take steps to preserve the corridor for the projected to delivered at a later date.
A single design and construct or construct only contract was recommended by BQ to deliver the project.
The Federal Government has indicated it will thoroughly review the business case and seek Infrastructure Australia's advice on the project.
Last reviewed: 27/04/2018