Inland Rail is happening right now.
Here are some of the key Programme achievements:
- Over $30 million worth of contracts in Queensland awarded for engineering and environmental investigations.
- The first of 14,000 tonnes of steel rail delivered for the Parkes to Narromine section of the Inland Rail project.
- 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.
- 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 alignments. 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.