Inland Rail - Toowoomba to Kagaru sections PPP
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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 2017-18 Federal Budget announced that the Toowoomba (Gowrie) to Kagaru sections of the project are to be delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP). Under this delivery arrangement, the private sector will design, build, finance and maintain this section of the railway over a long-term concession period of approximately 15 to 30 years. ARTC anticipates the PPP structure will be an 'availability charge' type arrangement. The PPP will have a maintenance concession period of up to 25 years.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) lists three sections that comprise the Toowoomba to Kagaru sections. These are Gowrie to Helidon (G2H), Helidon to Calvert (H2C) and Calvert to Kagaru (C2K). In total the Toowomba to Kagaru sections will include:
- circa 130 kilometres of new dual gauge track;
- almost nine kilometres of tunnels, including a 6.5 kilometre tunnel through the Toowoomba Ranges;
- 25 level crossings and 10 road-over-rail separations
- 21 viaducts totalling 5.7 kilometres in length;
- 37 river bridges, including 20 totalling one kilometre between Helidon and Calvert; and
- 11 crossing loops.
The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Terms of Reference (ToR) for the G2H and H2C sections have been released by the Queensland Government Department of State Development (DSD). The final ToR for the C2K section EIS were released in December 2017. Final Environmental Impact Statements will be submitted to the Queensland Coordinator-General in 2019, with approvals to be granted in 2020.
In February 2018, the Future Freight Joint Venture, comprising Aurecon and AECOM, was awarded the feasiblity design contract for the project. In June 2018, the Future Freight Joint Venture was also awarded the contract for the design work for the project. A contract for the geotechnical surveying of the tunnel route was awarded to Golder Associates in November 2018.
Project information provided to DSD as part of these processes states the combined investment required for the PPP is $3.55 billion.
In October 2018 the ARTC called for Registrations of Interest (ROI) for the project.
In late March 2019, ARTC called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the project, closing on 14 May 2019. A Request for Proposal is due by the end of 2020.
The indicative project timeline has construction scheduled to begin in 2021 and be completed in 2024-25.
Last reviewed: 24/07/2020