Brisbane has been declared a “major metropolitan area” by the National Transport and Infrastructure Commission (Niti).
The move follows the closure of all major airports in the CBD and the removal of the CBD’s high-speed rail link to the north-west.
The Niti also confirmed the Brisbane CBD will be designated as a “critical transport hub” for the new rail link.
The announcement came in a briefing by the Niti on Monday, and will be welcomed by the Courier Mail, which first reported the news.
The council’s acting chief executive officer said it was a “huge step forward” for Brisbane, and the NITI will be commended for its “courageous and effective action”.
“This is a great day for the CBD,” he said.
“The council has been working with the State Government and the Brisbane City Council to get the rail link built and open to the public, and we’re very pleased to have a strong council and State Government supporting this project.”
This rail link will bring people and goods from all over Queensland to the CBD.
“The NITS also announced that the first round of “specialised” trains were to leave Brisbane on Monday and would operate from 8.30am to 12.30pm on Mondays, and from 12.00pm to 6.00am on Wednesdays.
The Cascadia Express train will operate every five minutes and will run every half hour, and it will be running for three hours every 30 minutes on Mondays.
The CBD will have “significant impact” on the NTC’s plan, said the NTTI.
The train will deliver a total of 4,000 tonnes of freight per day, it added.”
These are not ordinary freight services, these are highly specialist freight services which will be able to deliver freight directly to the Cascadian Islands,” the NTRC said in a statement.”
Cascadia express services will also be able access the Cymru Rail Link to Brisbane, making this service one of the fastest on the continent.
“The train will be operated by a subsidiary of the Cresco Group, which operates the Cancun and Rio Tinto Railway, and is the first of its kind in Australia.
Cresco has had a string of high-profile setbacks in recent years, including a series of court cases over its operations in the US, where the company was ordered to pay $1.2 billion in US taxes.
The company was also forced to close two other terminals in South America, due to a failure to repay US taxes on more than $1 billion in tax.