Project overview*

EIS status EIS active
Description 47 kilometre single-track dual-gauge freight railway
Proponent Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited
Location/s Helidon to Calvert through the Little Liverpool Range. Map
Local government/s
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
Investment $1 billion
Key features
  • 47 kilometre single-track dual-gauge freight rail line to accommodate double stack freight trains up to 1800 metres long
  • a 1.1 kilometre tunnel through the Little Liverpool Range
  • construction of rail infrastructure, culverts, bridges, viaducts and crossing loops
  • connection to the existing West Moreton Railway Line
  • ancillary works including road and public utility crossings and realignments
Expected completion 2024
  • 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 proponent.
5 April 2019 Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 4 October 2019.
5 October 2017 Terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 409 KB) released.
6 May 2017 to 26 June 2017 Draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation (PDF icon 283 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 22.4 MB), submitted.
10 February 2017 Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy.

Media releases

Further information

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