Action plan for transport network
A FIVE-POINT action plan has been formed to push forward the development planning of the Trans Regional Amalgamated Infrastructure Network (TRAIN).
The plan stemmed from a meeting in Sydney on Monday between Northern Rivers Organisation of Councils chief executive Craig Kelly, the State Government, Nation Building Australia, Infrastructure Australia and industry representatives.
The network involves a new road and rail link between the Summerland Way and the Mt Lindesay Highway, through King George Pass on the eastern edge of Mt Lindesay; and a new road and rail link to Warwick, via Woodenbong and Legume, as well as improvements to the Summerland Way, creating a high quality road and rail freight link running from Coffs Harbour to the Port of Brisbane.
The plan maps out further consultation with State politicians and senior public servants to ensure integrated transport plans and growth management strategies for Northern NSW and South-East Queensland are aligned, and that they support growth in jobs and the development of the region, Infrastructure Australia said.
Nation Building Australia director Dave Cooke said new transport infrastructure in Northern NSW and South-East Queensland would be required to cope with increasing population growth over the coming years.
“TRAIN is a long-term vision and is all about managing population growth in the fastest-growing area of Australia,” Mr Cooke said. “It’s not just a freight corridor we are looking at. It’s also a development and service corridor.”
TRAIN involves the creation of an inland freight route running from Coffs Harbour, through the Northern Rivers and across the border into the proposed multimodal port at Bromelton SDA, and then on to the Port of Brisbane, taking pressure off the congested Pacific Highway.
Federal Page MP Janelle Saffin said she was pleased Infrastructure Australia had called for more detailed studies on the feasibility of the TRAIN project.