Inland Rail - NSW - QLD Border to Gowrie
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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 NSW-QLD Border to Gowrie (B2G) section will connect Inland rail, with approximately 146 kilometres of new dual gauge track and 78 kilometre of upgraded track, from near Yelarbon to Gowrie Junction north west of Toowoomba. The Federal Government announced in September 2017 the preferred corridor for the B2G section is a route that runs via Pittsworth, Brookstead and the Wellcamp-Charlton industrial precinct. Four possible routes were under consideration including:
- a route from Inglewood through Millmerran (base case);
- a route or connection to the Charlton and Wellcamp areas;
- a route through Karara and Leyburn; and
- a route closer to Warwick.
Aurecon and AECOM jointly undertook Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) of the corridors and found that the cost of all options was relatively similar, with the base case being the least expensive.
The proposed alignment within the corridor was released for consultation in September 2019.
In March 2018 the Queensland Coordinator-General declared the B2G section a 'coordinated project', triggering the requirement for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be prepared.
The project will now progess to the detailed design phase including the development of the EIS. The draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for the EIS were issued by the Coordinator General in May 2018, with public consultation open until 18 June. The final ToR was released on 16 November 2018.
Release of reference designs for the project, and public consultation, is expected in early 2020.
The Queensland Department of State Development indicates the B2G section will require an investment of $1.4 billion, with completion expected in 2024. ARTC indicatively expects procurement to commence at the end of 2020, with construction to begin in the first half of 2021 and be completed by 2025.
In June 2018, the Future Freight Joint Venture comprising AECOM and Aurecon was awarded the contract for the design work on the Border to Gowrie section of the project.
In November 2018, a preliminary Condamine floodplain crossing solution was released by ARTC for public consultation. The preliminary solution proposes the use of raised embankments and bridges to cross the floodplain east of the Gore Highway.
Last reviewed: 05/12/2019