Why Inland Rail?

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Inland Rail is a fast freight backbone from Melbourne to Brisbane that will transform how we move goods around Australia.

It will better link producers, farmers and businesses to national and global markets, reduce our reliance on road freight and generate new opportunities for industries and our regions.

Get onboard - the benefits of Inland Rail

Australia's population is predicted to grow by 60% over the next 40 years. The freight demand along some of Australia’s busiest freight routes, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane, is set to almost double between now and 2040.

Inland Rail is a smart move for Australia. Here's why...

Inland Rail will:

Share the growing freight load

With Australia’s freight demand forecast to increase rapidly in the next 10 years, we need Inland Rail to help share the load and reduce our reliance on roads for transporting freight.

Provide better access to and from our regional markets

It will better link producers, farmers and businesses to national and global markets. Almost 70% of freight carried on Inland Rail will be household goods and groceries produced in Australia and consumed in our major cities.

Offer better transit time and reliability

Transit time between Melbourne and Brisbane is less than 24 hours with 98% reliability, which matches current road transport levels.

Reduce distances and costs

Rail distance between Melbourne and Brisbane will be cut by 200km. Costs for inter-capital freight travelling between Melbourne and Brisbane will be reduced by $10 per tonne.

Create jobs

Up to 16,000 jobs will be created at the peak of construction, with an additional 700 ongoing jobs once Inland Rail is operational.

Boost the Australian economy

Inland Rail will inject $16 billion into our gross domestic product (GDP) over the next 50 years.

Improve road safety

Truck volumes will reduce in more than 20 of our regional towns and congestion will ease on some of Australia's busiest highways, including the Ipswich Motorway, and the Hume, Newell and Warrego Highways. Up to 15 serious crashes will be avoided every year, involving fatalities and serious injuries.

Lower emissions

Moving freight by rail is four times more fuel efficient than moving freight by road. Inland Rail will cut carbon emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year from 2050.

Improve national freight network connections

Trains are now rolling on the new North West Connection at Parkes in New South Wales. This links Inland Rail to Brisbane, Melbourne and the East – West line to Perth - ultimately connecting all of Australia. The distance between Brisbane and Perth and Brisbane and Adelaide will be reduced by 500km.

Provide an alternative north-south freight link

Providing a second link between Queensland and the southern states will make Australia's national freight rail network less vulnerable to disruptions like extreme weather events, such as bushfires and floods.

Increase the capacity of coastal transport networks

Reducing congestion along the busy coastal rail route will increase capacity for other passenger and freight services, particularly around Sydney's busy passenger rail network.

Promote 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 distribution precincts.

Inland Rail is a fast freight backbone from Melbourne to Brisbane that will transform how we move goods around Australia.

It will better link producers, farmers and businesses to national and global markets, reduce our reliance on road freight and generate new opportunities for industries and our regions.

Get onboard - the benefits of Inland Rail

Australia's population is predicted to grow by 60% over the next 40 years. The freight demand along some of Australia’s busiest freight routes, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane, is set to almost double between now and 2040.

Inland Rail is a smart move for Australia. Here's why...

Inland Rail will:

Share the growing freight load

With Australia’s freight demand forecast to increase rapidly in the next 10 years, we need Inland Rail to help share the load and reduce our reliance on roads for transporting freight.

Provide better access to and from our regional markets

It will better link producers, farmers and businesses to national and global markets. Almost 70% of freight carried on Inland Rail will be household goods and groceries produced in Australia and consumed in our major cities.

Offer better transit time and reliability

Transit time between Melbourne and Brisbane is less than 24 hours with 98% reliability, which matches current road transport levels.

Reduce distances and costs

Rail distance between Melbourne and Brisbane will be cut by 200km. Costs for inter-capital freight travelling between Melbourne and Brisbane will be reduced by $10 per tonne.

Create jobs

Up to 16,000 jobs will be created at the peak of construction, with an additional 700 ongoing jobs once Inland Rail is operational.

Boost the Australian economy

Inland Rail will inject $16 billion into our gross domestic product (GDP) over the next 50 years.

Improve road safety

Truck volumes will reduce in more than 20 of our regional towns and congestion will ease on some of Australia's busiest highways, including the Ipswich Motorway, and the Hume, Newell and Warrego Highways. Up to 15 serious crashes will be avoided every year, involving fatalities and serious injuries.

Lower emissions

Moving freight by rail is four times more fuel efficient than moving freight by road. Inland Rail will cut carbon emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year from 2050.

Improve national freight network connections

Trains are now rolling on the new North West Connection at Parkes in New South Wales. This links Inland Rail to Brisbane, Melbourne and the East – West line to Perth - ultimately connecting all of Australia. The distance between Brisbane and Perth and Brisbane and Adelaide will be reduced by 500km.

Provide an alternative north-south freight link

Providing a second link between Queensland and the southern states will make Australia's national freight rail network less vulnerable to disruptions like extreme weather events, such as bushfires and floods.

Increase the capacity of coastal transport networks

Reducing congestion along the busy coastal rail route will increase capacity for other passenger and freight services, particularly around Sydney's busy passenger rail network.

Promote 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 distribution precincts.

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