The first Inland Rail EIS was released for public comment on 19 July 2017 – the Parkes to Narromine project in NSW.
- All 13 Inland Rail projects (geographic sections) of the route have completed the Concept Assessment stage (the first of six stages in the project delivery plan).
- 11 of the 13 projects are at the Feasibility Design stage (the second of the six project delivery stages) with the N2NS project at the Detailed Design (third) stage and the P2N in the Construction (fifth) phase.
- At the end of 2018, more than 1,386 Land Access Agreements were in place; that’s a 95% success rate.
- By the end of August 2018, more than 2,100 people participated in Industry Briefings across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, with approximately 500 people attending Industry Briefings in Parkes, Narromine and Dubbo.
- Registration of Interest (ROI) were issued in early October 2018 with Market Sounding taking place during November 2018 for the 126km section from Toowoomba to Kagaru in Queensland, including large-scale tunneling. This project will be delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP)
- Commenced formal planning approvals processes for three projects in
Queensland: Gowrie to Helidon, Helidon to Calvert and Calvert to Kagaru. The
Queensland Coordinator-General has declared the three projects as ‘coordinated
- Commenced formal planning approvals processes for two projects in New South Wales: Parkes to Narromine, and Narrabri to North Star. The NSW Government has deemed both projects as ‘State Significant Infrastructure’.