The Business Case completed for Inland Rail includes provision for the
transport of coal from mines in the Surat and Clarence-Moreton Basins in
It should be noted most of the freight forecast to be transported on
Inland Rail is inter-capital city, non-bulk freight that is destined for
domestic markets in Melbourne and Brisbane and immediate surrounds. Such
freight includes whitegoods, beverages, food, grocery items etc.
responsible for construction of the project in line with an agreed project
scope and relevant project approvals from Commonwealth and State governments.
The State Government, after signing an agreement with the Federal Government,
has advised coal trains won’t run on Inland Rail in the K2ARB project area
until construction of the Salisbury to Beaudesert passenger line commences –
and that is still a number of years away.
Whether or not coal trains, or any trains, operate
in future on Inland Rail is not a matter for ARTC alone to determine but also a
matter for the relevant freight companies, including coal mines. It will
also be a commercial matter for coal train operators as to whether they
continue to use the existing QR line via Ipswich and the densely populated
inner western suburbs of Brisbane or whether they access Inland Rail. Where coal trains will use Inland Rail, ARTC (as the track
owner) and freight operators will have to comply with all freight rail legislation,
including dust emissions, as determined by the Queensland Government.
Under the terms of access undertakings with the
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), ARTC is required to
operate an open access rail network allowing customers the opportunity to
access train paths according to demand and availability. ARTC cannot
determine which freight goods are moved on its network as that is a matter for
the freight companies, in accordance with relevant Federal and State