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Govt marks road and rail freight priorities for southeast QLD

<p>Expanded rail capacity at the Acacia Ridge freight terminal and to port of Brisbane is two of the priorities identified under the <em>South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program 2005-26</em> .</p> <p>The Queensland Government has outlined a number of plans that it says will optimise road and rail freight movement through the state for the next 20 years.</p> <p>Key plans for rail freight include:</p> <p>&#8226 Expanding capacity at Acacia Ridge through a grade separation of the rail line and Beaudesert Road</p> <p>&#8226 Increasing rail capacity through the metropolitan network to port of Brisbane with signalling upgrades and passing loops</p> <p>&#8226 A rail duplication of the northern line north of Caboolture and</p> <p>&#8226 More capacity on the western line with an upgrade on the Gowrie-Grandchester section. </p> <p>The road initiative include upgrades to the Ipswich and Cunningham motorways a second Toowoomba range crossing the next stage of the port of Brisbane motorway and improved road freight connections north and south with work on the Tugun bypass and the Pacific and Bruce highways.</p> <p>The government said it will also investigate a southern infrastructure corridor between Ebenezer and Yatala, which includes "a critical intersection with the standard gauge rail line".</p> <p>The corridor will provide long-term development of dedicated rail freight and possible connection to the proposed inland rail corridor, it said.</p> <br />