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Toowoomba to Brisbane Passenger Rail Business Case

Funding Program:Major Project Business Case
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:2019 - Mid 2020
Australian Government Contribution:$15,000,000

Project Description

The project will involve the development of a business case to determine passenger rail requirements in the Toowoomba to Brisbane corridor. The business case will investigate a range of route options, including but not limited to:

  • upgrades to the existing rail line to enable regular commuter passenger rail services and integrating passenger services in freight corridors
  • route staging and timing of construction
  • type of rolling stock


Regular passenger rail services have the potential to not only improve access to jobs, health services and affordable housing, but also to boost tourism and increase development throughout the region. A passenger rail line would also benefit the Toowoomba and wider Lockyer Valley area with increased tourism access.


The Australian Government will contribute up to $15 million to the project.


The Australian Government is working to finalise implementation arrangements for the project with the Queensland Government.

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Project details last updated: 8/01/2019