Next stage of Beams Road Level Crossing removal now underway

Early works are now underway on the next stage of the Beams Road Level Crossing Removal project, following the recent awarding of the main construction contract to Bielby Hull Joint Venture in late 2023.

Beams Road is an important corridor for communities in northern Brisbane and experiences significant congestion at the rail level crossing in Carseldine, particularly during peak traffic.

The Australian Government has committed $56.24 million towards the project, with the Queensland Government contributing $138.76 million and a commitment of $40 million from Brisbane City Council.

Construction of the four-lane Beams Road overpass will begin later this month with improvements to pedestrian and active transport connections, and will improve safety by separating road and rail traffic.

As part of the project, upgrading is now complete on Carseldine’s original Park ‘n’ Ride, including changing the entry to Balcara Avenue and improving commuter facilities.

Early works for this next stage include clearing the area, installing new boundary fences and relocating underground services, which will make way for the start of heavy construction.

The project is estimated to support an average of 185 direct jobs.

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Quotes attributable to Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King:

“The Australian Government is pleased to see the project progressing, making it safer for rail and road commuters with the two modes of transport separated from each other at that traffic congested area in Brisbane’s north.”

“We’re proud to be working with our state and local government counterparts to deliver a custom designed solution to cater for existing and growing transport needs in northern Brisbane’s fast-growing area.”

Quotes attributable to Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Bart Mellish:

“There has been significant community interest in the Beams Road rail level crossing removal project as a solution to ease traffic congestion and provide a smoother, safer and separated journey for road and rail commuters through Carseldine.

“The changes will also provide safer access to and from the Carseldine station and improve congestion in the area as well as provide better pedestrian and pushbike path access.”

“I’ve been fighting for this project as the local member since 2017, so it’s great to see the next stage, the overpass itself, getting underway.”

Quotes attributable to Federal Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Senator for Queensland Anthony Chisholm:

“As more people choose to call the suburbs in Brisbane’s north home, the amount of road and rail traffic will increase across the city. That’s why we’re getting on with delivering the crucial infrastructure upgrades that Brisbane needs.

“Collaboration is the key to keeping up with this demand, and the Australian Government is proud to partner with the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to minimise delays for motorists by removing this notoriously congested level crossing.”  

Quotes attributable to Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe: 

“This community knows just how frustrating the congestion at this crossing can be during peak hours, it’s fantastic to take another big step forward in fixing the issue.

“With tender awarded and early works getting underway, we will soon start to see important progress at the Beams Road level crossing.

“Not only will we see a brand-new overpass dropped in here, but the existing car park, kiss ’n’ ride, bus and bike facilities at Carseldine station will also be upgraded.”

Quotes attributable to Brisbane City Council Infrastructure Chair Andrew Wines:

“I’m proud our Council is contributing $40 million towards the removal of the Beams Road level crossing which will be celebrated by northside motorists.

“While work on this much-anticipated project will commence soon, our Council already has shovels in the ground on the separate Beams Road upgrade between Lacey Road to Balacara Avenue which will reduce travel times and improve safety.

“Our investment in these two significant and complimentary projects demonstrates our commitment to tackling congestion and getting north side motorists home sooner and safer.”