The Project rail spur will traverse a south westerly direction from the mine.
East of the Namoi River, the rail spur would be located entirely on land owned by Whitehaven. South West of the Namoi River, the rail spur would be located on land owned by two landholders which Whitehaven holds land access agreements with.
The rail spur and associated rail crossing over the Namoi River have been designed so they are consistent with the requirements of the draft Upper Namoi Floodplain Management Plan (OEH, 2016).
The rail spur has been designed to minimise any upstream impacts, minimise changes to flood velocities and minimise the diversion of flood flows.
Where the rail spur crosses the Namoi River and Kamilaroi Highway it would be elevated on viaduct structures to minimise impacts to the flooding regime and provide sufficient clearance for vehicles travelling along the Kamilaroi Highway.
It is expected construction of the rail spur and line will take approximately 12 months.