The Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor is a proposed eight kilometre rail link directly connecting the Mount Isa Rail Line (and the North West Minerals Province) with the Port of Townsville.
- Take rail traffic out of Townsville’s growing urban areas
- Allow for longer trains (1.4 kilometres)
- Reduce bottlenecks in the Port
- Provide vital capacity for the growing tonnage demand on the Mount Isa Rail Line
A business case is due to be completed by Building Queensland in Q4 2017 which will consider economic, social and environmental factors and identify public and private financing models to ensure construction can commence as soon as possible.
The Federal Government has committed $150M to the estimated $230M project and the costs are decreasing as the business case progresses.
The project owner is the Department of Transport and Main Roads and more information about the project can be found here (There is an image on this document, maybe ask for permission to use it?): http://buildingqueensland.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/TEARC-Newsletter-June-2017.pdf
- May 2016, the Federal Government announced that it would provide $150M in grant funding to the project
- 23 August 2016- $3M committed by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport to fund the business case