Recognition of the critical need to keep industry moving is reflected in the Brisbane City Council’s commitment to expanding road and rail networks to support the various sectors of commerce and industry in the Greater Brisbane area. The council is receiving strong support from a number of agencies including the Commonwealth and State Governments, and private sector sources including Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL), and Brisbane Airport Corporation. An excellent example of this is the completion of the port’s $385 million Port Connect motorway in 2013, which improves connectivity to major arterial roads for trade customers and transport logistics partners. PBPL has invested significant resources into identifying and championing sustainable, balanced transport solutions, including freight rail, which can support Queensland’s growing freight task.
TransApex, the biggest urban road project proposed in Australia, is Brisbane City Council's long-term plan to improve travel across Brisbane. The proposed TransApex ring road is a key part of the plan to tackle traffic congestion in Brisbane. A bypass system would direct cross-city traffic, including heavy haulage vehicles, around the city. There are five key projects in the TransApex inner-city ringroad:
- Clem Jones tunnel (completed)
- Go Between Bridge (completed)
- Airport Link (completed)
- Legacy Way Tunnel (under construction and due for completion in 2015)
- The East-West Link Tunnel (under consideration)
The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is another significant project that will deliver enormous benefits to Brisbane. The $1.7 billion, 41km road project is the single largest regional road infrastructure investment in Queensland's history attracting a $1.3 billion commitment from the Australian Government with the rest to be made up by the private sector. It will provide the missing link between the Surat Basin, where an estimated $30 billion worth of mining and development projects are now planned or underway, to international gateways via the Port of Brisbane and the labour and services supply market in South East Queensland. Expressions of interest in the project closed on 16 July 2014 and attracted more than 60 interested parties. Contract award is expected in early 2015, followed shortly after by the construction stage of the project, which is expected to create 1800 new jobs. The TSRC is expected to be completed in mid-2018.