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Programme

Map of Inland Rail and other rail networks

Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project connecting regional Australia to domestic and international markets, transforming the way we move freight around the country. It will complete the ‘spine’ of the national freight network between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

This new 1,700km line is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia. Early works will start 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 Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), is delivering the multi-billion dollar infrastructure in partnership with the private sector.

The Government has committed $8.4 billion to deliver Inland Rail, on top of the previously funded $900 million.

The dedicated freight network will transform the way we move goods between Melbourne and Brisbane, connecting our farms, mines, cities and ports to global markets. It will support Australia’s four richest farming regions1; 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 ultimately deliver more produce and goods to consumers along the eastern seaboard, create long-term jobs, boost regional economies, and help businesses grow.

On track with Inland Rail

Here are some of the key programme achievements:

  • First Inland Rail EIS released for public comment; for the Parkes to Narromine project in NSW
  • 12 of the 13 Inland Rail projects have completed the Concept Assessment stage (the first of six stages in the project delivery plan)
  • Australian Government announced its commitment to the full delivery of Inland Rail with an additional $8.4 billion equity investment in ARTC as part of the Federal Budget 2017-18.
  • Designated Inland Rail offices established in Sydney, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Melbourne with a Programme team of 120 professionals across the locations.
  • Since 2016, Inland Rail has hosted more than 1,200 stakeholder engagement events, meetings and technical workshops with local communities, indigenous groups, landowners, and councils along Inland Rail’s alignment.
  • 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 projects’.
  • Commenced formal planning approvals processes for two projects in New South Wales: Parkes to Narromine, and Narrabri to North Star. The New South Wales Government has deemed both projects as ‘State Significant Infrastructure’.
  • Concept Assessments have been completed for 12 projects and more advanced feasibility assessments have been completed for two New South Wales priority projects.
  • Infrastructure Australia designated Inland Rail as a ‘Priority Project’ for Australia, confirming to the Australian Government its positive economic and financial benefits to regional communities, industry, and the national economy.
  • Completed the Inland Rail Programme Business Case, based on the Service Offering outlining a 10-year delivery schedule developed in 2015.
  • 10-year delivery schedule divided into 13 individual projects across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
  • Completed the Inland Rail Service Offering, based on consultation with customers, rail users and other key stakeholders to ensure Inland Rail will improve rail competitiveness and reduce the number of trucks carrying freight on highways.

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 intercapital 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.
  • Inland Rail will connect our regions to our ports.
  • Thousands of jobs will be created over the 10-year construction period, and once it’s operational.

1 Australian Bureau of Statistics

Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project connecting regional Australia to domestic and international markets, transforming the way we move freight around the country. It will complete the ‘spine’ of the national freight network between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

This new 1,700km line is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia. Early works will start 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 Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), is delivering the multi-billion dollar infrastructure in partnership with the private sector.

The Government has committed $8.4 billion to deliver Inland Rail, on top of the previously funded $900 million.

The dedicated freight network will transform the way we move goods between Melbourne and Brisbane, connecting our farms, mines, cities and ports to global markets. It will support Australia’s four richest farming regions1; 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 ultimately deliver more produce and goods to consumers along the eastern seaboard, create long-term jobs, boost regional economies, and help businesses grow.

On track with Inland Rail

Here are some of the key programme achievements:

  • First Inland Rail EIS released for public comment; for the Parkes to Narromine project in NSW
  • 12 of the 13 Inland Rail projects have completed the Concept Assessment stage (the first of six stages in the project delivery plan)
  • Australian Government announced its commitment to the full delivery of Inland Rail with an additional $8.4 billion equity investment in ARTC as part of the Federal Budget 2017-18.
  • Designated Inland Rail offices established in Sydney, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Melbourne with a Programme team of 120 professionals across the locations.
  • Since 2016, Inland Rail has hosted more than 1,200 stakeholder engagement events, meetings and technical workshops with local communities, indigenous groups, landowners, and councils along Inland Rail’s alignment.
  • 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 projects’.
  • Commenced formal planning approvals processes for two projects in New South Wales: Parkes to Narromine, and Narrabri to North Star. The New South Wales Government has deemed both projects as ‘State Significant Infrastructure’.
  • Concept Assessments have been completed for 12 projects and more advanced feasibility assessments have been completed for two New South Wales priority projects.
  • Infrastructure Australia designated Inland Rail as a ‘Priority Project’ for Australia, confirming to the Australian Government its positive economic and financial benefits to regional communities, industry, and the national economy.
  • Completed the Inland Rail Programme Business Case, based on the Service Offering outlining a 10-year delivery schedule developed in 2015.
  • 10-year delivery schedule divided into 13 individual projects across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
  • Completed the Inland Rail Service Offering, based on consultation with customers, rail users and other key stakeholders to ensure Inland Rail will improve rail competitiveness and reduce the number of trucks carrying freight on highways.

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 intercapital 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.
  • Inland Rail will connect our regions to our ports.
  • Thousands of jobs will be created over the 10-year construction period, and once it’s operational.

1 Australian Bureau of Statistics