In late 2016, a Council Mayoral Minute resolved to support an investigation into the feasibility of reactivating the rail corridor from Bangalow to Yelgun for multi-use rail transport applications.
Following an Expression of Interest and Request for Tender, Council engaged Arcadis Australia Pacific Pty Ltd (Arcadis) to undertake a feasibility study.
The study looked at the reactivation of the rail corridor from Bangalow to Yelgun, with a focus on three key components:
- Engineering Assessment
- Economic Impact Assessment
- Social Impact Assessment.
Arcadis’s investigations concluded there is both community support and positive economic impacts for the Byron Shire.
The engineering assessment highlighted that the corridor is in ‘reasonable’ condition and has the capacity to support very light rail vehicles (less than 10 tonne axles or less, at speeds equal to or less than less than 60 kilometres per hour).
The final report was delivered and noted by Councillors in the Council Meeting of 27 June 2019.
Publicly-available reports are attached in the related information section on this page.