Rail upgrade work planned to connect to Wiggins

UPGRADES: Aurizon will start on the North Coast Line this month.
UPGRADES: Aurizon will start on the North Coast Line this month. Courtesy Of Aurizon

AURIZON will begin work on its North Coast Line rail upgrade this month.

The upgrade will involve a 3.5km triplication of the line through Yarwun to connect to the Wiggins Island Balloon Loop, a new 2.5km holding track at Aldoga and two holding tracks, approximately 5.5km, at Kabra.

Aurizon's rail infrastructure projects will feed Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal's initial $27 million tonne per annum capacity terminal in stage one.

The upgrade project is part of stage one of the Wiggins Island Rail Project.

A spokeswoman said it would include earthworks and drainage, track infrastructure, bridges, overhead electrical equipment, power systems, signals and telecommunications.

"The first section of work, located near Gladstone, is the Aldoga Holding Road and WICET branch line which will allow trains to be held while waiting for access to either WICET or the rail network," she said.

The second section, near Rockhampton, is the construction of the Kabra holding tracks on the Blackwater Line to improve the flow of train traffic, and for train driver changeover.

WICET details:

  •  Approximate project value: $200 million
  •  Construction start: Early 2015
  •  Est. construction finish: End 2015
  •  Workers at peak construction: approx 100 workers (contractors and Aurizon employees)

* The details are based on initial estimates and subject to revisions

Topics:  aurizon coal gladstone industry railway wicet

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