Inland Rail will be the 'backbone' for the national interstate freight network, providing a direct rail connection between the Queensland, New South Wales, Victorian and South and Western Australian economies.
By dramatically reducing rail freight costs and transit times along the eastern states, Inland Rail makes rail more competitive - providing more opportunities for businesses to take advantage of a mode of transport that is safer, more efficient and more environmentally responsible.
Inland Rail will link the major capitals along our east coast and primary production regions in inland New South Wales and South East Queensland to key regional and metropolitan ports, opening up businesses to new and existing domestic and export markets.
Freight volumes on the east coast of Australia are set to rise significantly. The existing road-dominated freight network can’t cope with this growth without further investment.
Inland Rail is a new freight rail connection that will divert Melbourne to Brisbane rail freight out of the congested Sydney network and offer a road-competitive service that attracts existing and new freight to rail, providing a safe, efficient and sustainable solution to the freight challenge.
Inland Rail will connect our capital cities, mines, farms and ports, creating jobs, reducing supply chain costs and making Australian exports more competitive.
A typical train travelling on Inland Rail will have the capacity of 108 B-Doubles and will complete the journey from Melbourne to Brisbane in less than 24 hours with reliability, availability and pricing competitive with road. This means that Inland Rail will be able to shoulder a fairer share of the growing freight burden, easing pressure on our road networks and improving safety.
The Inland Rail Route
The proposed Inland Rail route is highlighted in map form and through this flyover video. The proposed route goes directly through Narrabri Shire using existing track close to Gwabegar and passing through Narrabri. Narrabri is already a key inland port area with a huge amount of agricultural commodity produced locally and being transported to Narrabri from western areas.
The Australian Government, through Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss MP, has appointed the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to develop a 10 year delivery program and business case for Inland Rail.
The Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Warren Truss MP also appointed an Inland Rail Implementation Group chaired by the former Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon John Anderson AO, with representatives from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, the Commonwealth and ARTC, to oversee this work.
The Australian Government has committed A$300 million to finalise planning, engineering design and environmental assessments to start construction of Inland Rail.
The 2010 study included a detailed financial and economic analysis. This work is being updated to current figures.
Inland Rail will provide numerous opportunities for those interested in participating in either the financing or delivery of Inland Rail. An early task of the project group will be to identify ways of leveraging the available Australian Government funding to support other financing avenues.
Opportunities for financing and procurement will be communicated through an open approach to market.
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