Inland Rail - North Star to NSW-QLD Border
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Preferred bidder announced
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The circa $10 billion Inland Rail project would see the creation of a 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight rail line along Australia's east-coast - bypassing the congested Sydney network and the circuitous north coast line via Australia’s four richest farming regions in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
The North Star to NSW-QLD Border (NS2B) will comprise the construction of 39 kilometres of new track and the upgrade of circa 35 kilometres of existing track, connecting North Star in NSW to Yelarbon in Queensland.
The preferred corridor runs along the disused rail corridor towards Boggabilla, crossing the Macintyre River before joining the Queensland Rail South West Rail Line.
NS2B is now at the project assessment stage, which will see the preparation of a detailed Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). A state significant infrastructure (SSI) application was lodged in April 2017.
In June 2018, the Future Freight Joint Venture comprising AECOM and Aurecon was awarded the contract for the design work on NS2B.
In August 2018, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements SEARs were initially issued. On 13 March 2020, the NSW DPIE issued updated SEARs with respect to the North Star to NSW/Queensland Border component of the Inland Rail project. The updated SEARs were issued as a result of a request by the Australian Rail Track Corporation for expansion of the original scope to include offsite burrow sites to access fill material.
The next step will be for the Australian Rail Track Corporation to provide an Environmental Impact Statement to the DPIE by August 2020, abiding by the 2-year time period allowed from the date of issue of the initial SEAR.
The section is expected to be procured as a single design & construct contract, with procurement to commence in the second half of 2020. ARTC indicates the contract value is between $250 million - $500 million.
Construction of the section is indicatively scheduled to start in the first half of 2021 and be completed by mid-2024.
Last reviewed: 31/03/2020