Surat Basin Rail

Surat Basin Rail (SBR) is a proposed 214km freight railway that will connect the vast Surat Basin coal reserves with the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) and the Port of Gladstone on Queensland’s coast.

The proposed open access railway between Wandoan and Banana is a key element to strategic resources development in the region. It is capable of initial capacity to transport approximately 30 million tonnes of coal per year.

When completed, the Surat Basin Rail project will boost economic development of regional Queensland, support significant employment opportunities and skills development in the region, enhance the existing coal rail network, and unlock more than six billion tonnes of coal reserves in the Surat Basin.

Construction of the Surat Basin Rail is expected to take approximately three years. It will involve building more than 200km of single track with various passing loops, 48 major road and rail bridges including a 415m long/50m high bridge crossing, numerous culverts, a signalling and telecommunications system to support rail operations, associated roadworks, public and private railway crossings, and declared stock route crossings.

However, due to the impacts of global market conditions on the Surat Basin Rail project, as well as a number of other major infrastructure projects that make up the Surat to Gladstone coal chain, including port development, related infrastructure and mining projects, the timeframe to start this railway’s construction is currently uncertain.

Surat Basin Coal Chain