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Diverse forms of our network

Rail trails

We’re enabling locals and visitors to Queensland access and use of rail trails for recreation purposes such as walking, riding, and horse riding. Rail trails are disused rail corridor land that we own for future transport use. 

Working together with local councils, rail trail access, sub-leasing and maintenance has $14 million invested under the Cycling Infrastructure Program for grants to create more rail trails for communities like the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail over the next 4 years. 


Cycling across the state 

Our more cycling, more often vision has meant this year we granted $50,000 to improve way finding signage on the Ipswich Motorway Cycleway (Ipswich Motorway to Ipswich CBD). This means commuters riding or walking are now able to navigate their journey through maps identifying key destinations, and signs to direct them along their chosen route. 

Other cycle projects we have worked on this year include: 

  • detailed design for a new protected 2-way bikeway as part of the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Rocklea to Darra (Stage 1)
  • North Brisbane Bikeway
  • Caboolture to Wamuran Rail Trail
  • continuous separated shared path on the Gateway Upgrade North

Case Study: Cyclists find their way

Rail network strategy

Our South East Queensland rail network is being transformed with New Generation Rollingstock trains coming into service, infrastructure upgrades, a new European Train Control System for signalling, and Cross River Rail and Inland Rail on schedule to be operating by the mid-2020s.

New Generation Rollingstock passenger services began running in December 2017 on the Gold Coast and Airport lines, and on the Doomben line in May 2018. The new trains are being progressively rolled out across the entire South East Queensland passenger rail network.

We are committed to fixing the trains compliance issues and improve functionality for all customers with works to be done at Downer EDI rail plant in Maryborough.

At the end of June 2018 a total of 38 New Generation Rollingstock trains were delivered to Queensland. TMR recognised 24 New Generation Rollingstock trains had met their Qualified Provisional Acceptance Certificate, with 17 of these now in passenger service.

Heavy vehicles

TMR manages more than 33,000km of roadway and over 3,000 bridges on its network.

Our heavy vehicle customers need access to the road network and we are working to create a single contact point for our customers through improved changes within TMR and working with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. 

Providing access to the road network involves permit applications of where and when heavy vehicles can access routes. Last financial year we assessed: 

  • 22,032 Class 1 applications with an average assessment time of 6 days. A 25% reduction in processing times compared to an average of 8 days in 2016–17
  • 4,585 Class 2 and 3 applications. We improved assessment time from 69 days in June 2017 to 26 days in June 2018. A 62% reduction within the regulatory requirement of 28 days.

Regional air services

164,352 passengers travelled on our regional air services during 2017-18. 

TMR regulated 7 air routes this financial year after contracts going to tender to ensure services to regional Queenslanders are affordable. 

Read more about the review

Mapoon Airstrip

Works to widen and seal the Mapoon Airstrip and upgrade its facilities for the community continued this financial year as part of the Cape York Region Package. During the wet season the airstrip is unreliable as it becomes boggy and rough for 3-4 months. Remote communities have to rely on the road network for travelling during emergency and life-threatening situations. Sealing the road will enable Royal Flying Doctor Service year-round access to help the community.

Public transport

In 2017-18, 11.55 million passengers travelled on government contracted rail, bus and air services in regional Queensland. 182 million trips were taken across South East Queensland’s public transport network.

Our bus, train, ferry and tram services provided across the state had $57 million of investment for:

  • Helensvale bus station first stage delivered for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
  • 130 new text to voice units at South East Queensland bus stations to provide audible real time information for services
  • Victoria Point Central and Townsville CBD new bus station design
  • improve lift access at Queen Street Bus Station Platform 2
  • Murarrie park ‘n’ ride upgrade Stage 1 opening
  • Mains Road multi-story park ‘n’ ride constructed
  • to help local councils upgrade bus stop accessibility.

Find more details in delivering across Queensland Regions

Marine environment

One in 19 Queenslanders is a recreational boating enthusiast.

TMR owns 408 recreational boating assets across Queensland including boat ramps, floating walkways, pontoons, jetties and breakwaters.
TMR has a vital role in protecting and managing access to Queensland’s marine environment.

Maritime Safety Queensland, a branch within TMR, leads stewardship of ensuring safe, clean seas, by managing the movement and marine safety activities of vessels in Queensland’s waters, as well as the protection of the marine environment from ship-sourced pollution.

In 2017–18, grants to local managing authorities included $650,000 for new floating walkways at Dungeness (near Lucinda) and $1.1 million for a new floating walkway at Half Tide Tug Harbour (near Hay Point, south of Mackay). View marine works in your local region.

Case Study: Western pontoons

Major roads upgrades

Pacific Motorway 

The M1 Pacific Motorway is a nationally significant corridor that supports interstate and inter-regional passenger and freight movements between South East Queensland and northern New South Wales. Critical sections of the motorway carry over 150,000 vehicles per day, including around 12,000 heavy vehicles.

  • Gateway Motorway to Logan Motorway: Construction began to address congestion on the M1 corridor between Eight Mile Plains and the Logan Motorway with $190 million for Stage 1 of the project for the M1/M3 Gateway Motorway merge upgrade.
  • Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes upgrade: Construction a public utilities access track and installation of CCTV cameras was completed in February 2018 as part of the Pacific Motorway Nerang to Tugun Master Plan. Major on-road works commenced in April 2018 for widening and interchange upgrades from $197.5 million funding allocated.
  • Varsity Lakes to Tugun upgrade: This 10km road stretch to refine existing plans had funding of around $6.9 million allocated as detailed in Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program.
  • Oxenford Interchange Exit 57: Planning works began to reduce congestion began for the interchange with $25 million in funding. 

Bruce Highway

Bruce Highway Upgrade Program of works is halfway through its 10-year program and continues to improve safety, flood resilience and capacity with ongoing works. The Bruce Highway is Queensland's major north-south freight and commuter corridor that connects Brisbane to Cairns over 1,677km. This year the program delivered: 

  • Cooroy to Curra (Section C): The Cooroy to Curra Section C: Traveston to Woondum built 10.5km or road doubling the lane capacity and safety with wide centre barriers to prevent head on collisions and new on and off-ramps to enter and exit the highway safely. The $384.2 million project was completed in early 2018, ahead of schedule.
  • Boundary Road interchange: A new 6-lane bridge constructed north of the former overpass features longer on and off-ramps to improve safety for motorists, and a new shared user path for pedestrians and cyclists. The upgrade has improved safety, eased congestion and increased capacity to cater for future traffic volumes. Completed in September 2017 costing $100.4 million.
  • Tinana interchange: Works involved constructing a northbound off-ramp and overpass structure, with both through lanes of highway traffic travelling under the new overpass. The new interchange will provide lasting benefits to motorists, business and industry by improving safety and traffic efficiency, and improving access to the Fraser Coast. The project also included installation of traffic signals at the Gympie Road and Iindah Road intersection, and construction of dedicated right-turn lanes on Gympie Road. The new signalised intersection will cater for the additional motorists who are using the new southbound off-ramp to Iindah Road West, after the previous off-ramp to Gympie at the old interchange was removed. Completed in September 2017 $38 million. 

Warrego Highway

In 2017–18 we completed:

  • Toowoomba to Oakey Duplication Stage 2: created 2 lanes in each direction to ease congestion and added a new overpass for safer access to the highway
  • Oakey to Miles Safety Upgrade Package 1: installed wide centreline treatments and new town entry treatments at 4 locations
  • Brigalow to Chinchilla Upgrade: included widening 3 existing overtaking lanes and wide centreline treatments
  • Jingi Jingi Creek Bridge Upgrade: replaced damaged culverts with a new concrete bridge to improve road safety and flood immunity
  • Oakey to Dalby overtaking lanes: reduced interval distance of overtaking lanes along 50km of the highway
  • Jondaryan to Sabine Road intersection upgrade: intersection improvements to accommodate or improve heavy vehicle movements, reduce vehicle queues and risk of accidents, and allow freight vehicle access
  • Toowoomba to Oakey Duplication Stage 1: provided separation between opposing traffic streams, intersection upgrades and new turning lanes to improve motorist safety and capacity

In 2017–18 works continued on:

  • Dalby Eastern and Western Access Upgrade Projects
  • Oakey to Miles Safety Upgrade (Packages 2,3 and 5)
  • Dalby to Miles overtaking lanes
  • Drillham to Palardo Upgrade
  • Miles Western Access Upgrade
  • Chinchilla Open Level Rail Crossing
  • Chinchilla Heavy Vehicle Route Strategy (planning project)
  • Toowoomba to Oakey Duplication Stage 3 (Kingsthorpe to Oakey) (planning project).


Read more in our annual report