Major Contract

Inland Rail - NSW-Queensland Border to Gowrie

PROJECT STATUS
Under Procurement
Inland Rail - NSW-Queensland Border to Gowrie

The NSW-Queensland Border to Gowrie (B2G) section of the Inland Rail Freight Corridor involves the construction and upgrading of approximately 216 kilometres of single-track railway from the New South Wales-Queensland border, near Yelarbon, to Gowrie Junction, north west of Toowoomba in Queensland.

According to summary findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment, the project comprises:

  • circa 145 kilometres of bew dyak gauge track
  • upgrading over 71 kilometres of existing track
  • 43 public level crossings
  • signalling infrastructure
  • five crossing loops
  • support infrastructure able to accomodate 1,800 metre double-stacked trains
  • 20 rail over water bridges
  • 11 rail over road bridges
  • three road over rail bridges, and
  • 12 stock route interfaces.

The Queensland Department of State Development indicates the B2G section will require an investment of $1.4 billion.

Key Dates

Jun 2021 Expected Construction Commencement
Dec 2025 Expected Construction Completion

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
Related contracts:
Engineering Consultant - Feasibility Design
Successful Tenderer - JacobsGHD IR Joint Venture comprising Jacobs and GHD

PROJECT HISTORY

Mar 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 progress to the design phase including the development of the EIS.
May 2018 The draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for the EIS were issued by the Queensland Coordinator General in May 2018, with public consultation open until 18 June. The final ToR was released on 16 November 2018.
Jun 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.
Nov 2018 A preliminary Condamine floodplain crossing solution was released by ARTC for public consultation. The preliminary solution proposed the use of raised embankments and bridges to cross the floodplain east of the Gore Highway.
Sep 2019 The proposed alignment within the corridor was released for public consultation.
Sep 2020 The ARTC opened Registrations of Interest (ROIs) for the Rail Corridor Package, closing on 13 October 2020. ARTC sought a single contractor to undertake works across 561 kilometres of the corridor, across the Narromine to Narrabri, North Star to NSW-Queensland Border, and NSW-Queensland Border to Gowrie sections. Two Request for Proposal (RFP) rounds are to follow the ROI process, with the award of a ‘Collaborative Framework Agreement' to be finalised in the second quarter of 2021.
Estimated Total Cost
(2017)
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Location
Queensland | National |
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