Route

The 1,700km route will link Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. The route uses the existing interstate line from Melbourne, Victoria to Illabo, New South Wales, which will be enhanced to accommodate double-stacked trains allowing them to carry up to twice as many containers.

A combination of new and upgraded tracks will then be used via Parkes, Moree, Toowoomba and Calvert, to reach the existing interstate line at Kagaru, and then to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton, south of Brisbane.

How was the current route alignment selected?

There have been two major Inland Rail studies undertaken to date:

  • First study: North-South Rail Corridor Study completed in 2006, considered four potential corridors for Inland Rail to determine which would deliver the best economic and financial outcome. This study identified the ‘far western corridor’ through Parkes as superior to the other options.
  • Second study: 2010 Inland Rail Alignment Study - looked at the far western corridor in detail and considered an exhaustive range of alternatives to develop the optimum alignment for Inland Rail.
    This second study was endorsed by Inland Rail Implementation Group (IRIG) in 2014 as the base case for further work by ARTC. IRIG’s August 2015 final report further endorsed this alignment; as refined in the Programme Business Case.

The 2010 alignment delivers a journey time of less than 24 hours from Melbourne to Brisbane – a saving of 10 hours on the existing coastal route via Sydney.

Importantly, as approximately 70% of the Inland Rail alignment uses existing rail corridors, it makes the best possible use of earlier investments in the national rail freight network and minimises the environmental and community impacts associated with creating new rail corridors.

Refining the alignment

The alignment is clear where Inland Rail uses existing rail corridors. The task now is to refine and finalise the route within the 500km of new rail corridors from Illabo to Stockinbingal, Narromine to Narrabri, North Star to the New South Wales/Queensland border and throughout the majority of the Queensland section to Kagaru.

This refinement will require field studies, detailed environmental investigations and further consultation with communities and customers.

Once we have gathered enough detail about the new alignment and any proposed variations we will consult further with key community and customer representatives to ensure we have the best solution.

Visit the specific project pages for more information:

Victoria


New South Wales


Queensland



The 1,700km route will link Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. The route uses the existing interstate line from Melbourne, Victoria to Illabo, New South Wales, which will be enhanced to accommodate double-stacked trains allowing them to carry up to twice as many containers.

A combination of new and upgraded tracks will then be used via Parkes, Moree, Toowoomba and Calvert, to reach the existing interstate line at Kagaru, and then to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton, south of Brisbane.

How was the current route alignment selected?

There have been two major Inland Rail studies undertaken to date:

  • First study: North-South Rail Corridor Study completed in 2006, considered four potential corridors for Inland Rail to determine which would deliver the best economic and financial outcome. This study identified the ‘far western corridor’ through Parkes as superior to the other options.
  • Second study: 2010 Inland Rail Alignment Study - looked at the far western corridor in detail and considered an exhaustive range of alternatives to develop the optimum alignment for Inland Rail.
    This second study was endorsed by Inland Rail Implementation Group (IRIG) in 2014 as the base case for further work by ARTC. IRIG’s August 2015 final report further endorsed this alignment; as refined in the Programme Business Case.

The 2010 alignment delivers a journey time of less than 24 hours from Melbourne to Brisbane – a saving of 10 hours on the existing coastal route via Sydney.

Importantly, as approximately 70% of the Inland Rail alignment uses existing rail corridors, it makes the best possible use of earlier investments in the national rail freight network and minimises the environmental and community impacts associated with creating new rail corridors.

Refining the alignment

The alignment is clear where Inland Rail uses existing rail corridors. The task now is to refine and finalise the route within the 500km of new rail corridors from Illabo to Stockinbingal, Narromine to Narrabri, North Star to the New South Wales/Queensland border and throughout the majority of the Queensland section to Kagaru.

This refinement will require field studies, detailed environmental investigations and further consultation with communities and customers.

Once we have gathered enough detail about the new alignment and any proposed variations we will consult further with key community and customer representatives to ensure we have the best solution.

Visit the specific project pages for more information:

Victoria


New South Wales


Queensland