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Queensland-based Civil Mining & Construction has won a $14.5 million contract to extend eight freight train passing loops between Rockhampton and Townsville.

The project is part of a $100 million State Government commitment to improve freight capacity on the North Coast rail line.

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the works would support 24 jobs, with Civil Mining & Construction appointed to complete the civil design and construction, including earthworks and culverts.

“Construction will commence at Gumlu and Guthalungra later this month with passing loops to be extended at Koumala, Mount Ossa and Longford Creek,” Ms Gilbert said.

“This will allow freight trains travelling on the line to increase their length by up to 45 per cent, from 650m to 950m, in turn increasing the amount of goods freight operators can transport on the line.

“The North Coast line is a vital transport artery for Queensland that supports a wide range of commodities and industries.”

Additional passing loops to be extended include Kunawara, Kooltandra and St Lawrence between Mackay and Rockhampton.

The first six of the extended passing loops are expected to go live in 2020, with the final two to be in operation in the first half of 2021.

Contract awarded for rail passing loop extensions