Works and planning
The approximately 145km of new dual gauge track and approximately 71km of upgraded track that makes up the Border to Gowrie project crosses the two local government areas of Goondiwindi and Toowoomba.
A two-kilometre-wide study area has progressed to the formal planning and approvals process, following a comprehensive study of four alternative routes. The towns of Millmerran, Brookstead and Pittsworth, and the Wellcamp-Charlton Industrial Precinct are located within this study area.
In late 2019, the proposed project footprint was released, which identifies the area required for the construction and operation of the railway. The project footprint varies in width along the line to accommodate proposed changes to local roads, earthworks, access tracks, and construction material storage and production.
Feedback from the local community and results from field studies have played a key role in determining the proposed footprint. Technical viability, safety, operational restrictions, constructability, environment, and community and property impacts have also been considered in determining the footprint.
Current and upcoming field investigations
Last updated 9 June 2021.
|Location/s||Type of work||Timing||Contractor||What to expect|
|NSW/Queensland border to Gowrie Junction||Water surveys||Ongoing||ARTC||Contacting landowners to better understand how water is collected and used on properties.|
|NSW/Queensland border to Gowrie Junction||Geotechnical investigations||Early May to late August 2021||Macquarie Geotech and ARTC||Two or more vehicles driving in the Queensland Rail corridor. Heavy machinery and light vehicles with workers undertaking bore hole drilling, test pits, cone penetration testing and seismic surveys may also be expected.|
|Millmerran, Inglewood, Canning Creek, Kurumbul||Surface water surveys||Ongoing||AECOM||Testing surface water within the creeks and rivers. Non-invasive survey.|
|NSW/Queensland border to Gowrie Junction||Cultural heritage survey||21 June to 23 June 2021||ARTC||Cultural heritage representatives undertaking walkovers.|
Watch a fly-through of the project
Get a birds-eye view of the Border to Gowrie project. This video shows the alignment as of February 2020. The fly-through video is for illustration purposes and for discussion and community consultation.
To get a sense of what your community will look like after the project has been completed, check out our visualisations of the proposed design.
Visualisations are for illustrative purposes and not to scale.
View of the project reference design, looking north-east on Ware Street at Brookstead State School.
Gore Highway, Pampas
View of the project reference design, which follows the existing QR rail corridor, looking south-east from the Gore Highway near the intersection of Brose Lane.
View of the project reference design, from Linora Drive looking north-west towards the Warrego highway.
View of the project reference design, looking north-west on Pittsworth Felton Road, towards Oakey-Pittsworth Road and the Gore Highway.
Yelarbon rest area
View of the project reference design, including the proposed alignment within the existing QR rail corridor and Cunningham Highway realignment and road overpass, looking south-west towards Goondiwindi, from the Cunningham Highway near Memorial Park.
View of the project reference design, including proposed alignment and crossing of Millmerran-Inglewood Road, looking north between Commodore Mine and Millmerran township.
View of the project reference design, including proposed alignment and crossing loop, looking north towards Grays Road.
View of the project reference design looking north-east towards Geitz Road, Southbrook.
Route Alignment History
Inland Rail has undergone a progressive route development and selection process since 2006, with each stage refining the focus on what is required to deliver Inland Rail.
May 31, 2021
Border to Gowrie project update May 2021
This month saw the close of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) public consultation period on 4 May 2021. Submissions are now being assessed by the Queensland Coordinator-General (CG).
May 31, 2021
Inland Rail 101: rail gauges
Rail terminology, or train speak, can be tricky to decipher. To give you the inside track (pun intended), we’ll be sharing a series of diagrams and visualisations which explain some of the terms, designs, and construction methodologies we use at Inland Rail. First up, rail gauges.
April 28, 2021
How we’re managing property acquisition in Queensland
If you’re a landowner living along the proposed alignment, you may have some questions about how Inland Rail may impact you and your community. We are commencing preliminary conversations with landowners and communities during the project’s environmental and planning assessment phases to talk about potential impacts in more detail.