Programme

Map of Inland Rail and other networks

Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project connecting regional Australia and 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 1,700km line is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia, is based on the 10-year delivery schedule developed in 2015 and 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 farms and cities to provide supply chain benefits and cost savings for freight companies and 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:

  • 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 2024-2025.
  • The Programme 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 Feasibility 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 connecting regional Australia and 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 1,700km line is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia, is based on the 10-year delivery schedule developed in 2015 and 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 farms and cities to provide supply chain benefits and cost savings for freight companies and 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:

  • 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 2024-2025.
  • The Programme 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 Feasibility 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