The 28km Gowrie to Helidon section of Inland Rail includes constructing a new track through the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley region in Queensland and building a vast freight tunnel.
The new dual gauge track will run from Gowrie, north-west of Toowoomba to Helidon, east of Toowoomba, and will include several significant viaducts and cuttings designed to create an efficient route through the steep terrain.
A new 6.2km tunnel will be built through the Toowoomba Range, making it the largest diameter diesel freight tunnel in the southern hemisphere.
This project is currently in the reference design stage. During this time, we are conducting various studies and consulting with landowners and other key stakeholders to finalise plans for this project. This technically complex section of Inland Rail will be delivered using a Public Private Partnership funding arrangement.
Draft EIS now on public display
The Gowrie to Helidon draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) public display commenced on Monday 2 August 2021 and concluded on Monday 25 October 2021.
For more information about the EIS process and next steps, visit the Coordinator-General’s website.
Building new dual gauge track, including a 6.2km tunnel, 13 bridges and viaduct structures, and 3 crossing loops
We have developed interactive consultation and noise maps for the project.
Drop a pin on the consultation map to add your comment. Your feedback will help us get a better understanding of key issues from a community perspective.
The noise map shows the noise levels predicted from the railway operations in 2027.
March 30, 2022
How we’re helping Bunya Park Scout Group ‘be prepared’ for all seasons
Come rail, hail or shine, the Bunya Park Scout Group of Toowoomba will be prepared for all seasons following the installation of new insulation in their hall thanks to a grant from Inland Rail’s Community Sponsorships and Donations program.
March 22, 2022
Regionerate Rail chosen to deliver Gowrie to Kagaru section
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) today announced Regionerate Rail, a consortium comprising Clough, GS Engineering and Construction, Webuild (formerly Salini Impregilo), Service Stream and Plenary Group, as the preferred bidder to deliver the Inland Rail Gowrie to Kagaru section.