Helidon to Calvert (Qld)

The Helidon to Calvert (H2C) section is one of 13 projects that complete Inland Rail. This project comprises a new dual gauge rail line connecting Helidon (east of Toowoomba) with Calvert (near Ipswich), via Placid Hills, Gatton, Forest Hill, Laidley and Grandchester. It crosses the two Local Government Areas of Lockyer Valley and Ipswich City.

This 47km section will include a new 1.1km tunnel to create an efficient route through the steep terrain of the Little Liverpool Range.

The alignment

This section uses the existing rail corridor and the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Gowrie to Grandchester protected rail corridor, with possible refinements being considered within a defined study area.

The project includes:

  • 47.7km of new dual gauge track
  • 1.1km long tunnel
  • 4 viaducts (1.5km in total length)
  • 20 bridges (1 km in total length)
  • 6 grade separations
  • 4 crossing loops

Community consultation

Community consultation is vital to the success of Inland Rail and we welcome your participation.

In November, we held a number of staffed information displays in Gatton, Yamanto and Toowoomba to speak to the community about the preliminary horizontal alignment. The Helidon to Calvert project consultation webpage contains detailed information and how you can continue to provide your contribution.

An overview of the EIS community engagement and consultation program, as well as the associated EIS technical studies, can be viewed here.

We will continue to work closely with landowners along the existing corridor of the project as well as key stakeholders such as your local Council.

Progress

In 2016, ARTC undertook a Concept Assessment of the preferred alignment. During this phase, we engaged with landowners, local councils, peak bodies and local businesses and conducted information sessions with the local community. Initial environmental and engineering investigations were also part of the Concept Assessment.

On 16 March 2017, the Queensland Coordinator-General declared H2C as a ‘coordinated project’, triggering a requirement for an environmental impact statement (EIS). The draft terms of reference (TOR) for the EIS have now been prepared by the Coordinator-General.

On 17 March 2017, the Australian Government Minister for the Department of Environment and Energy determined that H2C will require approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth) (EPBC Act) before it can proceed. Under the terms of the assessment bilateral agreement between the Queensland and Australian Governments, the Australian Government included TOR relevant to the EPBC Act, and will rely on the outcomes of this EIS process in making decisions on approvals.

The final TOR for the EIS were released on 5 October 2017.

In January 2018, ARTC awarded an engineering and environmental investigation contract to Future Freight Joint Venture (FFJV), a joint venture between AECOM and Aurecon for the Gowrie to Kagaru project area.

FFJV is currently undertaking work that will provide greater understanding of the local geography, hydrology, flora and fauna, as well as air quality, noise and social factors. These elements will further assist detailed design work. For further information, view the full media release.

Next steps

The H2C project is currently in the feasibility stage.

We are in the process of developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Helidon to Calvert section.

Works in your area

From early April 2018, the project team will be doing a range of investigations throughout the project study area, including geotechnical, flooding and hydrology, ecological, noise, air quality and vibration, land, utility identification and heritage studies. These investigations will be carried out over the next 18 months.

Community Consultative Committees

ARTC has established a community consultative committee for the Helidon to Calvert project area. For details of the Committee and meetings, please see the link below:

Interactive Map

We have developed an interactive map covering the three projects Gowrie to Helidon, Helidon to Calvert and Calvert to Kagaru, to help us get a better understanding of key issues from a community perspective.

The interactive map allows members of the public to have their say on each of these three projects by simply dropping a pin on the map and adding a comment.

The map shows the current design. As the project continues to develop, the map will be updated to reflect the latest design.

We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us.

Access the interactive map here.

Contact us

You can have your questions answered about the project by contacting us directly, or asking us a question.

The Helidon to Calvert (H2C) section is one of 13 projects that complete Inland Rail. This project comprises a new dual gauge rail line connecting Helidon (east of Toowoomba) with Calvert (near Ipswich), via Placid Hills, Gatton, Forest Hill, Laidley and Grandchester. It crosses the two Local Government Areas of Lockyer Valley and Ipswich City.

This 47km section will include a new 1.1km tunnel to create an efficient route through the steep terrain of the Little Liverpool Range.

The alignment

This section uses the existing rail corridor and the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Gowrie to Grandchester protected rail corridor, with possible refinements being considered within a defined study area.

The project includes:

  • 47.7km of new dual gauge track
  • 1.1km long tunnel
  • 4 viaducts (1.5km in total length)
  • 20 bridges (1 km in total length)
  • 6 grade separations
  • 4 crossing loops

Community consultation

Community consultation is vital to the success of Inland Rail and we welcome your participation.

In November, we held a number of staffed information displays in Gatton, Yamanto and Toowoomba to speak to the community about the preliminary horizontal alignment. The Helidon to Calvert project consultation webpage contains detailed information and how you can continue to provide your contribution.

An overview of the EIS community engagement and consultation program, as well as the associated EIS technical studies, can be viewed here.

We will continue to work closely with landowners along the existing corridor of the project as well as key stakeholders such as your local Council.

Progress

In 2016, ARTC undertook a Concept Assessment of the preferred alignment. During this phase, we engaged with landowners, local councils, peak bodies and local businesses and conducted information sessions with the local community. Initial environmental and engineering investigations were also part of the Concept Assessment.

On 16 March 2017, the Queensland Coordinator-General declared H2C as a ‘coordinated project’, triggering a requirement for an environmental impact statement (EIS). The draft terms of reference (TOR) for the EIS have now been prepared by the Coordinator-General.

On 17 March 2017, the Australian Government Minister for the Department of Environment and Energy determined that H2C will require approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth) (EPBC Act) before it can proceed. Under the terms of the assessment bilateral agreement between the Queensland and Australian Governments, the Australian Government included TOR relevant to the EPBC Act, and will rely on the outcomes of this EIS process in making decisions on approvals.

The final TOR for the EIS were released on 5 October 2017.

In January 2018, ARTC awarded an engineering and environmental investigation contract to Future Freight Joint Venture (FFJV), a joint venture between AECOM and Aurecon for the Gowrie to Kagaru project area.

FFJV is currently undertaking work that will provide greater understanding of the local geography, hydrology, flora and fauna, as well as air quality, noise and social factors. These elements will further assist detailed design work. For further information, view the full media release.

Next steps

The H2C project is currently in the feasibility stage.

We are in the process of developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Helidon to Calvert section.

Works in your area

From early April 2018, the project team will be doing a range of investigations throughout the project study area, including geotechnical, flooding and hydrology, ecological, noise, air quality and vibration, land, utility identification and heritage studies. These investigations will be carried out over the next 18 months.

Community Consultative Committees

ARTC has established a community consultative committee for the Helidon to Calvert project area. For details of the Committee and meetings, please see the link below:

Interactive Map

We have developed an interactive map covering the three projects Gowrie to Helidon, Helidon to Calvert and Calvert to Kagaru, to help us get a better understanding of key issues from a community perspective.

The interactive map allows members of the public to have their say on each of these three projects by simply dropping a pin on the map and adding a comment.

The map shows the current design. As the project continues to develop, the map will be updated to reflect the latest design.

We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us.

Access the interactive map here.

Contact us

You can have your questions answered about the project by contacting us directly, or asking us a question.