Works and planning
The 145km of new dual gauge track and 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. The technical viability, safety, operational restrictions, constructability, environment, and community and property impacts have also been considered in determining the footprint.
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, each stage refining the focus on what is required to deliver the Inland Rail project.
November 4, 2020
Made in the shade with Southbrook Central State School
We’re proud to give back to our communities that are home to Inland Rail. Last month we helped Southbrook Central State School plant for the future with an Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program grant.
November 4, 2020
Sign up for a business capability workshop
The Inland Rail Skills Academy is ensuring local businesses are provided with opportunities to build capability and supply chain readiness to meet the requirements of major projects.
November 4, 2020
November 2020 project update for Border to Gowrie
Last month on the Border to Gowrie project we continued to meet with community members at our Yelarbon and Pittsworth drop-in sessions, launched a new project procurement and packaging plan, and helped Southbrook Central State School plant trees for the future.