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The Surat Basin in southern Queensland is home to large quantities of untapped thermal coal reserves. New rail freight infrastructure across the Surat Basin will generate economic growth and real job opportunities for the local communities and provide a freight rail network to Queensland’s export ports.

The Central Surat Rail project is a proposed 72km open-access freight railway in the Western Downs region of the Surat Basin. When completed, the railway will provide a freight network between the Western System railway near the Cameby Downs Mine around Columboola in the south, to near Gulugaba in the north.

For the first time in Queensland’s history, the existing Western System railway in southern Queensland will be connected to the Moura System in the north, via the proposed Central Surat Rail and Surat Basin Rail (SBR) projects. This proposed freight railway is expected to use existing rail infrastructure and current stock routes as much as possible.

This railway will secure Queensland’s long-term export capacity by creating a freight rail connection for coal mined in the Surat Basin with the Port of Gladstone, Queensland’s largest export port.

The Central Surat Rail project is in the pre-feasibility stage, and is being developed as a privately-funded rail project by a consortium consisting of ATEC Rail Group, Yancoal CSR Pty Ltd and SinoCoal Resources.