Inland Rail Northern Civil Works Program (NCWP)
Inland Rail Northern Civil Works Program (NCWP)

Gowrie to Whetstone

In collaboration with the Australian Rail Track Corporation, the Inland Rail – Northern Civil Works Program comprises the design and construction of 162km of freight rail from Gowrie to Whetstone.

Southern Downs, Queensland (Gowrie to Whetstone)

Cost Range
>$1 Billion

Rail / Bridgeworks / Civil / Earthworks

Design and Construct

Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)


Bielby Holdings, as the principal contractor of the Bielby Hull Q Birt Joint Venture (BHQ JV), entered into a collaborative framework agreement with ARTC for the Inland Rail – Northern Civil Works Program (IR-CWP-NP) which represents a strategically important ‘nation building’ initiative to significantly improve freight movements between Melbourne and Brisbane.

The scope of works includes

  • The design and construction of 162km of rail formation
  • Over 12 million m³ of bulk earthworks in greenfield (149km) and brownfield (existing alignment) (13km) locations
  • Over 30km of road upgrades and associated level and grade separated intersections
  • 31 rail and road bridge structures in excess of 10km in length
  • Extensive services relocation and protection
  • Installation of over 2,000 culvert
  • Construction of works over sensitive waterway and floodplain environments
  • Maintaining a genuine commitment to identify innovations and cost-saving initiatives early in the design process
  • Implementing leading safety, quality and sustainability processes and procedures throughout delivery
  • Engaging with the local community through the adoption of pro-active training, employment and engagement strategies that exceed Government requirements


  • Project and program management
  • Design and construction management
  • Estimating and cost planning
  • Social performance, community and stakeholder engagement
  • Site investigations
  • Mobilisation and establishment of quarries, project offices, and three construction camps
  • Environmental management and sustainability
  • Innovation and value management

Client / Community Testimonial:

The BHQ JV was selected following a rigorous selection and evaluation process that demonstrated the BHQ JV’s proven capability and capacity to deliver this major infrastructure program of works.  One of the key features the BHQ JV brings to the IR-CWP-NP is the strength of resources and capacity of the three Queensland owned and operated JV members, and a commitment to provide significant lasting benefits for local communities along the alignment.

ARTC – Preferred Civil Works Program Proponent Awarded