Rail duplication to boost coal haulage capacity: QR


Queensland Rail is banking on a 7km track duplication driving coal haulage capacity in the Blackwater system in central Queensland

Queensland Rail is banking on a 7km track duplication driving coal haulage capacity in the Blackwater system in central Queensland.

The duplication from Westwood to Wycarbah is the sixth duplication completed by QR in the Blackwater System within the last two years.

QR Chief Executive Lance Hockridge says the $32m duplication is the final in a series of duplications included in the 2006 Coal Rail Infrastructure Master Plan to allow a 30 percent increase in coal haulage in the Blackwater System.

"This is an important milestone in QR Network’s current $1.3 billion capital investment program," Hockridge says.

"With the demand for Queensland coal continuing to increase, this duplication in conjunction with other infrastructure works, will meet the required future rail capacity and performance of the Blackwater System."

Additional infrastructure projects and duplications in the system beyond the first series of six are in planning stages or already under construction, with thee expectation they will all increase the rail carrier’s coal haulage capacity.

These include duplications between Stanwell and Wycarbah and between Grantleigh and Tunnel.

QR is collaborating with the mining industry to identify new rail infrastructure projects to enhance capacity on all of Queensland’s coal rail systems.


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