Works Set to Start on Beams Road Crossing Removal

Construction is set to begin this month on the long-awaited project to remove the level crossing at Beams Road in Carseldine.

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This comes after the contract was awarded late last year to Bielby Hull Joint Venture. The Beams Road corridor is a major thoroughfare for northern Brisbane communities, but experiences heavy congestion at the rail crossing, especially during peak periods. The new four-lane overpass will separate road and rail traffic to improve safety and flow.

Upgrades to pedestrian and cycling connections are also planned. Work has already been completed to improve the existing Park ‘n’ Ride at Carseldine Station, including a new entrance from Balcara Avenue.

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Early works like clearing, fencing and service relocation will prepare the site for major construction. Many locals welcome the project, though some feel it won’t solve congestion.

Queensland’s Transport Minister Bart Mellish said there’s significant interest in the crossing removal as a way to ease traffic and provide smoother, safer travel for road and rail users. He said it will also improve station access and reduce overall congestion.

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“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 push bike path access,” he said.

Brisbane City Council is separately upgrading Beams Rd to cut travel times and boost safety. Work has already begun on improvements from Lacey Road to Balacara Ave.

Read: Work Starts on Long-Awaited Beams Road Upgrade Project in Carseldine

About Beams Rd

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Beams Rd is a vital connection between northern Brisbane communities and a key commuter route to major roads like Gympie Road. Around 19,000 vehicles use Beams Road daily, and volumes are expected to rise given the significant growth forecast for surrounding suburbs like Carseldine, Fitzgibbon, Taigum and Zillmere. 

As an important arterial link in a high-growth area, upgrades to Beams Road will be critical to meeting future travel demand. 

Published 16-January-2024