InterLinkSQ will work with stakeholders to create a clean precinct which optimises an ecologically sustainable development.
According to the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy, rail freight emits 75% less greenhouse gas emissions per tonne of freight moved, compared to the road freight transport sector.
150 million truck kilometres will be avoided per year, should freight be moved to rail.
Rail is the most cost effective mode of transport for inter-capital containerised freight movements.
Rail is a smarter economic choice for freight haulage for Australia. One freight train from Melbourne to Sydney replaces the equivalent of 110 semi-trailers travelling on the road.
The Queensland State Government’s State Infrastructure Plan, released in 2016, points to significant expansion in freight movement from 817 million tonnes in 2010–11, to over 1.5 billion tonnes by 2026.
50% of the freight that passes through the Port of Brisbane emanates from agricultural producers and shippers from the Darling Downs through to Northern NSW. Freight moving through Brisbane is an issue with already congested roads that are nearing capacity.
Moving more freight to rail, which has the ability to move bulk freight, has the potential to significantly improve freight efficiency, while at the same time, improving urban amenity, reducing road congestion and decreasing queuing times at ports.
InterLinkSQ’s initial focus will be to establish a Rail Port Shuttle on the West Moreton line to increase the capacity and efficiency of moving freight to the Port of Brisbane.
Each train from the Darling Downs region to the Port of Brisbane equates to 54 trucks being removed from urban roads, reducing congestion and creating safer travel.