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Map of Inland Rail and other networks

Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project that will enhance supply chains and complete the backbone of the national freight network between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Inland Rail will transform the way we move freight around the country, connect regional Australia to markets more efficiently, drive substantial cost savings for producers and consumers, and deliver significant economic benefits.

Comprising 13 individual projects and spanning more than 1,700 km, Inland Rail is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia and one of the most significant infrastructure projects in the world.

The Australian Government selected the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to deliver Inland Rail, in partnership with the private sector, and has committed $9.3 billion to the delivery of Inland Rail.

Construction of Inland Rail commenced in late 2018 and it is expected to be fully operational in 2025.

Inland Rail will provide greater freight carrying capacity, as it is designed for double-stacked trains up to 1,800m long, each of which will be able to carry the same volume of freight as 110 B-double trucks.

Better infrastructure and an effective national freight operation are key to delivering efficient supply chains, improving Australia’s global competitiveness and lifting our nation’s wealth and prosperity.

On track with Inland Rail

Here are some of the key program achievements:

  • Infrastructure Australia identified Inland Rail as a ‘Priority Project’, confirming to the Australian Government its positive economic and financial benefits to regional communities, industry and the national economy.
  • A 10-year delivery schedule that will see Inland Rail operational in 2025.
  • The Program is divided into 13 individual projects across 38 local government areas in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
  • Mobilisation for the construction of the Parkes to Narromine (P2N) section of Inland Rail commenced in November 2018.
  • 11 of the other 12 Inland Rail projects are at Reference Design stage, with the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) project at Detailed Design stage.
  • By the end of August 2018, more than 2,100 people had attended Industry Briefings.
  • In mid-October 2018, a $300+ million construction contract was signed for work to begin on the P2N section.
  • As at the end of December 2018, more than 1,380 land access agreements were in place along the entire route.
  • The 126km section from Toowoomba to Kagaru in Queensland, including large-scale tunnelling, will be delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP). Registrations of Interest were issued in early October 2018 with Market Sounding taking place during November 2018.
  • Five Community Consultative Committees (CCCs) have been established in Queensland with four CCCs being set up in New South Wales.
  • A ceremonial sod turn event took place in Parkes in December 2018 to mark the commencement of construction.
  • By early 2019, there will be dedicated Inland Rail offices in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gatton, Sydney, Newcastle, Parkes, Wagga Wagga, and Melbourne.

Key features

  • Inland Rail is 1,700km long, from Tottenham in Victoria to Acacia Ridge in Queensland.
  • Trains travelling on the Inland Rail track will be able to travel at speeds of up to 115km/h.
  • The track will enable the use of double-stacked, 1,800m long trains with a 21 tonne axle load at a maximum speed of 115km/h, allowing for the transit of greater freight volumes. Each train could carry the equivalent freight volume as 110 B-double trucks.
  • The new rail route will be up to 10 hours faster than the existing coastal rail network via Sydney.
  • Shorter transit times will reduce supply chain costs by $10 per tonne for inter-capital freight travelling between Melbourne and Brisbane, which will mean greater savings for consumers.
  • Inland Rail will help reduce congestion on our highways and allow for increased passenger rail services in the busy Sydney network.
  • Up to 16,000 jobs will be created at the peak of construction and 700 ongoing jobs once operational.

1 Australian Bureau of Statistics

Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project that will enhance supply chains and complete the backbone of the national freight network between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Inland Rail will transform the way we move freight around the country, connect regional Australia to markets more efficiently, drive substantial cost savings for producers and consumers, and deliver significant economic benefits.

Comprising 13 individual projects and spanning more than 1,700 km, Inland Rail is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia and one of the most significant infrastructure projects in the world.

The Australian Government selected the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to deliver Inland Rail, in partnership with the private sector, and has committed $9.3 billion to the delivery of Inland Rail.

Construction of Inland Rail commenced in late 2018 and it is expected to be fully operational in 2025.

Inland Rail will provide greater freight carrying capacity, as it is designed for double-stacked trains up to 1,800m long, each of which will be able to carry the same volume of freight as 110 B-double trucks.

Better infrastructure and an effective national freight operation are key to delivering efficient supply chains, improving Australia’s global competitiveness and lifting our nation’s wealth and prosperity.

On track with Inland Rail

Here are some of the key program achievements:

  • Infrastructure Australia identified Inland Rail as a ‘Priority Project’, confirming to the Australian Government its positive economic and financial benefits to regional communities, industry and the national economy.
  • A 10-year delivery schedule that will see Inland Rail operational in 2025.
  • The Program is divided into 13 individual projects across 38 local government areas in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
  • Mobilisation for the construction of the Parkes to Narromine (P2N) section of Inland Rail commenced in November 2018.
  • 11 of the other 12 Inland Rail projects are at Reference Design stage, with the Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) project at Detailed Design stage.
  • By the end of August 2018, more than 2,100 people had attended Industry Briefings.
  • In mid-October 2018, a $300+ million construction contract was signed for work to begin on the P2N section.
  • As at the end of December 2018, more than 1,380 land access agreements were in place along the entire route.
  • The 126km section from Toowoomba to Kagaru in Queensland, including large-scale tunnelling, will be delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP). Registrations of Interest were issued in early October 2018 with Market Sounding taking place during November 2018.
  • Five Community Consultative Committees (CCCs) have been established in Queensland with four CCCs being set up in New South Wales.
  • A ceremonial sod turn event took place in Parkes in December 2018 to mark the commencement of construction.
  • By early 2019, there will be dedicated Inland Rail offices in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gatton, Sydney, Newcastle, Parkes, Wagga Wagga, and Melbourne.

Key features

  • Inland Rail is 1,700km long, from Tottenham in Victoria to Acacia Ridge in Queensland.
  • Trains travelling on the Inland Rail track will be able to travel at speeds of up to 115km/h.
  • The track will enable the use of double-stacked, 1,800m long trains with a 21 tonne axle load at a maximum speed of 115km/h, allowing for the transit of greater freight volumes. Each train could carry the equivalent freight volume as 110 B-double trucks.
  • The new rail route will be up to 10 hours faster than the existing coastal rail network via Sydney.
  • Shorter transit times will reduce supply chain costs by $10 per tonne for inter-capital freight travelling between Melbourne and Brisbane, which will mean greater savings for consumers.
  • Inland Rail will help reduce congestion on our highways and allow for increased passenger rail services in the busy Sydney network.
  • Up to 16,000 jobs will be created at the peak of construction and 700 ongoing jobs once operational.

1 Australian Bureau of Statistics

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