• Capabilities: Asset Strategy and Performance, Business Advisory
  • Sectors: Transportation, Rail and Urban Transport

Byron Shire Rail Corridor Feasibility Study

Byron Shire, Queensland, Australia - Fifteen years after the closure of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line, Byron Shire Councillors believe that at least one section of the line could again be used for passenger transport.

Option for 700,000

vehicles to be removed from road


and visitors alike will be positively be impacted
Byron Bay coastline

Arcadis was recently commissioned to deliver an engineering assessment, social impact assessment, and an economic feasibility study for Byron Shire Council to find out the feasibility of reactivating the rail corridor from Bangalow to Yelgun to light rail vehicles.

The study found that not only is the corridor in reasonable condition but there is a sound argument to open the corridor for alternative rail vehicles that could operate alongside a rail trail (Rail with Trail). Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, described the report as game changer and a great opportunity for the Byron Shire’s residents, as well as tourists.

Following the closure of the original rai line fifteen years ago, many in the Byron Shire area have been lobbying for proper investigation into the use of the rail corridor for transport.

While there have been studies done, none have looked properly at the possibility of there being co-existing uses on the rail line with some form of public transport network. With limited public transport in the Byron Shire and a fantastic existing asset already present with the rail corridor, Arcadis’ suggestion of a dual mode or very light rail system was enthusiastically received by the client and local communities.

The system itself could be used to take people to festivals and markets, and that alone has the potential to take circa 700,000 vehicles off the road, meaning huge benefits for the environment.

Arcadis have helped bring this dream to a reality after engaging with the Council on the very real possibilities for the rail corridor. The local Councillors are currently working on the project further and will continue to report back on its progress.

“The report recognised the benefits to locals of being able to get out of daily Byron traffic queues, instead catching a commuter light rail shuttle. Imagine catching a shuttle to the Farmers and Sunday markets; or our teenagers and older residents being able to connect with friends via a regular service.”
- Simon Richardson, Mayor - Byron Shire


Option for 700,000

vehicles to be removed from road


and visitors alike will be positively be impacted


to maximise the usage of this fantastic existing asset sustainably for future generations

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