Project overview*

EIS status EIS active
Description 26 kilometre single-track dual-gauge freight railway
Proponent Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited
Location/s Gowrie to Helidon through the Toowoomba Range. Map
Local government/s
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council
Investment $1.35 billion
Key features
  • 26 kilometre single-track dual-gauge freight rail line to accommodate double stack freight trains up to 1800 metres long
  • a 6.3 kilometre tunnel through the Toowoomba Range
  • construction of rail infrastructure, culverts, bridges and viaducts and crossing loops
  • connection to the existing West Moreton Railway Line
  • ancillary works including road and public utility crossings and realignments.
Expected completion 2025
  • 1800 (construction)
  • TBA (operational)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

Date Activity
Currently Draft EIS being prepared by the proponent.
8 February 2019 Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 9 October 2019.
9 August 2017 Terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 319 KB) released.
6 May 2017 to 5 June 2017 Draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation (PDF icon 284 KB).
17 March 2017 The delegate for the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy decided the project is a 'controlled action'. More information
16 March 2017 Gazettal (PDF icon 240 KB) of ‘coordinated project’ declaration.
15 February 2017 Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 18 MB), submitted.
10 February 2017 Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy

Media releases

Further information

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