Rail is a 1,700km freight line between Melbourne and Brisbane, making it the
largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia. Early works commenced in 2017, and based on the 10-year delivery schedule developed in 2015,
the first train is expected to operate in 2024-25.
The Australian Government through the ARTC is delivering the
multi-billion dollar infrastructure in partnership with the private sector.
The dedicated freight network will transform the way we move
goods between Brisbane and Melbourne, and between the eastern states, Adelaide
and Perth; support Australia’s four richest farming regions; and provide supply
chain benefits and substantial cost savings for producers.
This transformational rail project will bring lower costs and
greater efficiencies to freight customers and will help bring more produce and
goods to consumers along the eastern seaboard. It will create long-term jobs,
boost regional economies, and help businesses grow.