Benefits

Inland Rail provides a strategic opportunity to make a decisive step change in the capacity and capability of the national freight rail system.

Inland Rail will:

Boost the Australian economy

Inland Rail is expected to boost Australia’s GDP by $16 billion over the next 50 years.

Create jobs

It’s expected to create up to 16,000 new jobs at the peak of construction, with an additional 700 on-going jobs once Inland Rail is operational.

Improve connections within the national freight network

Inland Rail enhances the National Land Transport Network by creating a rail linkage between Parkes in New South Wales and Brisbane, providing a connection between Queensland and the southern and western States.

Provide better access to and from our regional markets

It will make it easier to connect our farms, mines, cities and ports to domestic and international markets. Two million tonnes of agricultural freight will switch from road to rail, with a total of 8.9 million tonnes of agricultural freight more efficiently diverted to Inland Rail.

Reduce costs

Rail costs for intercapital freight travelling between Melbourne and Brisbane will be reduced by $10 per tonne.

Offer better transit time and reliability

Inland Rail offers less than 24 hour transit time between Melbourne and Brisbane terminals and 98% reliability matching current road levels.

Increase the capacity of the transport network

Inland Rail will increase capacity for freight and passenger services by reducing congestion along the busy coastal route and allow for growth in passenger services.

It will particularly free-up capacity on Sydney’s rail network for more passenger and freight services.

Reduce distances travelled

With Inland Rail, the rail distance between Melbourne and Brisbane is reduced by 200km and the distance between Brisbane and Perth and Brisbane and Adelaide is reduced by 500km.

Improve road safety

Up to 15 serious crashes will be avoided every year, involving fatalities and serious injuries.

Improve sustainability and amenity for the community

Carbon emissions will be reduced by 750,000 tonnes per year and truck volumes will be reduced in more than 20 of our regional towns. Road congestion on some of Australia’s busiest highways will be reduced, including the Ipswich Motorway, and the Hume, Newell and Warrego Highways.

Provide an alternative north-south freight link

Inland Rail will provide a second link between Queensland and the southern states, making Australia’s national freight rail network less vulnerable to disruptions, for example from extreme weather events.

Promote complementary supply chain investments

Inland Rail will be a catalyst for complementary private sector investments, such as fleet upgrades, new metropolitan and regional terminals and integrated freight precincts.

Inland Rail provides a strategic opportunity to make a decisive step change in the capacity and capability of the national freight rail system.

Inland Rail will:

Boost the Australian economy

Inland Rail is expected to boost Australia’s GDP by $16 billion over the next 50 years.

Create jobs

It’s expected to create up to 16,000 new jobs at the peak of construction, with an additional 700 on-going jobs once Inland Rail is operational.

Improve connections within the national freight network

Inland Rail enhances the National Land Transport Network by creating a rail linkage between Parkes in New South Wales and Brisbane, providing a connection between Queensland and the southern and western States.

Provide better access to and from our regional markets

It will make it easier to connect our farms, mines, cities and ports to domestic and international markets. Two million tonnes of agricultural freight will switch from road to rail, with a total of 8.9 million tonnes of agricultural freight more efficiently diverted to Inland Rail.

Reduce costs

Rail costs for intercapital freight travelling between Melbourne and Brisbane will be reduced by $10 per tonne.

Offer better transit time and reliability

Inland Rail offers less than 24 hour transit time between Melbourne and Brisbane terminals and 98% reliability matching current road levels.

Increase the capacity of the transport network

Inland Rail will increase capacity for freight and passenger services by reducing congestion along the busy coastal route and allow for growth in passenger services.

It will particularly free-up capacity on Sydney’s rail network for more passenger and freight services.

Reduce distances travelled

With Inland Rail, the rail distance between Melbourne and Brisbane is reduced by 200km and the distance between Brisbane and Perth and Brisbane and Adelaide is reduced by 500km.

Improve road safety

Up to 15 serious crashes will be avoided every year, involving fatalities and serious injuries.

Improve sustainability and amenity for the community

Carbon emissions will be reduced by 750,000 tonnes per year and truck volumes will be reduced in more than 20 of our regional towns. Road congestion on some of Australia’s busiest highways will be reduced, including the Ipswich Motorway, and the Hume, Newell and Warrego Highways.

Provide an alternative north-south freight link

Inland Rail will provide a second link between Queensland and the southern states, making Australia’s national freight rail network less vulnerable to disruptions, for example from extreme weather events.

Promote complementary supply chain investments

Inland Rail will be a catalyst for complementary private sector investments, such as fleet upgrades, new metropolitan and regional terminals and integrated freight precincts.