The Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) project is a proposed rail freight line which would connect the North Coast rail line directly into the Port of Townsville.
The proposed corridor would branch off from the North Coast Line at Cluden, south of Townsville, running parallel to the Port Access Road into the Port.
Potential benefits of the project include:
- Allowing 1.4 km long trains to access the Port of Townsville. Currently train lengths are limited to 1000 m on the Mt Isa line and 650 m on the North Coast line.
- Create capacity for the growing tonnage demand on the Mt Isa rail system, a critical link between the mines in the North West Queensland Minerals Province and the Port.
- Improve traffic flow in the city centre by reducing the number of freight trains that use the current line.