Key facts

The new 1,700km line is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia that will benefit Australians living in our cities and regions. Building Inland Rail will reduce costs, create jobs, take trucks off our roads and make businesses and producers more competitive.

1. Inland Rail is a 1,700km freight rail network

Inland Rail will complete the spine of the national freight rail network, offering less than 24 hour transit time between Melbourne to Brisbane with 98% reliability.

2. $9.3 billion has been committed to build it

The Australian Government has committed $9.3 billion for ARTC to develop and build Inland Rail. Additional funds will come from a partnership with the private sector.

3. Create 16,000 jobs for Australia

Approximately 16,000 jobs will be created at the peak of construction, with 700 jobs once Inland Rail is operational.

4. Boost Australia's GDP by $16 billion

Inland Rail will increase gross domestic product (GDP) by $16 billion over the 10-year delivery period, and the first 50 years of operation.

5. Divided into 13 distinct projects

Inland Rail has been divided into 13 distinct projects to deliver the 1,700km rail line: one project in Victoria, seven in NSW, and five in Queensland. The longest project is Narromine to Narrabri at 307km long, with the shortest project Gowrie to Helidon at 26km.

6. 70% of Inland Rail will use existing rail infrastructure

1,200km of existing rail infrastructure (rail lines and corridors) will be used to complete the 1,700km Inland Rail. Using existing rail infrastructure makes best possible use of previous investments in the national rail freight network and minimises the environmental and community impacts associated with creating new rail corridors.

7. First train is expected to run in 2024-25

Trains will be double-stacked and up to 1,800m long – that's 18 lengths of a football field. Long double-stacked trains will significantly increase the payload of each train, making it more efficient, cost competitive and reduce carbon emissions.

8. 262,000 tonnes of steel and 745,000 cubic metres of concrete to build it

That’s equivalent to the steel in five Sydney Harbour Bridges and concrete in over 12 Q1 Buildings (Australia’s tallest building).

9. Largest diameter diesel freight tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere

As part of the Gowrie to Helidon project in Queensland, a new 6.38km tunnel will be built through the steep terrain of the Toowoomba Range, making it the largest diameter diesel freight tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere.

10. Held over 1,200 meetings with stakeholders since 2016

Inland Rail has held more than 1,200 meetings with stakeholders ranging from individual landowners to local councils. These meetings will continue as the programme progresses.

The new 1,700km line is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia that will benefit Australians living in our cities and regions. Building Inland Rail will reduce costs, create jobs, take trucks off our roads and make businesses and producers more competitive.

1. Inland Rail is a 1,700km freight rail network

Inland Rail will complete the spine of the national freight rail network, offering less than 24 hour transit time between Melbourne to Brisbane with 98% reliability.

2. $9.3 billion has been committed to build it

The Australian Government has committed $9.3 billion for ARTC to develop and build Inland Rail. Additional funds will come from a partnership with the private sector.

3. Create 16,000 jobs for Australia

Approximately 16,000 jobs will be created at the peak of construction, with 700 jobs once Inland Rail is operational.

4. Boost Australia's GDP by $16 billion

Inland Rail will increase gross domestic product (GDP) by $16 billion over the 10-year delivery period, and the first 50 years of operation.

5. Divided into 13 distinct projects

Inland Rail has been divided into 13 distinct projects to deliver the 1,700km rail line: one project in Victoria, seven in NSW, and five in Queensland. The longest project is Narromine to Narrabri at 307km long, with the shortest project Gowrie to Helidon at 26km.

6. 70% of Inland Rail will use existing rail infrastructure

1,200km of existing rail infrastructure (rail lines and corridors) will be used to complete the 1,700km Inland Rail. Using existing rail infrastructure makes best possible use of previous investments in the national rail freight network and minimises the environmental and community impacts associated with creating new rail corridors.

7. First train is expected to run in 2024-25

Trains will be double-stacked and up to 1,800m long – that's 18 lengths of a football field. Long double-stacked trains will significantly increase the payload of each train, making it more efficient, cost competitive and reduce carbon emissions.

8. 262,000 tonnes of steel and 745,000 cubic metres of concrete to build it

That’s equivalent to the steel in five Sydney Harbour Bridges and concrete in over 12 Q1 Buildings (Australia’s tallest building).

9. Largest diameter diesel freight tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere

As part of the Gowrie to Helidon project in Queensland, a new 6.38km tunnel will be built through the steep terrain of the Toowoomba Range, making it the largest diameter diesel freight tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere.

10. Held over 1,200 meetings with stakeholders since 2016

Inland Rail has held more than 1,200 meetings with stakeholders ranging from individual landowners to local councils. These meetings will continue as the programme progresses.