Inland Rail is a smart move for Australia.
Inland Rail is bringing widespread and long-term benefits to Australia.
It will better link producers, farmers and businesses to national and global markets, reduce our reliance on road freight, and generate new opportunities for industries and our regions.
Faster, more reliable freight
Safer, less congested roads
Opportunities for regional Australia
Inland Rail will:
Share the growing freight load
Australia’s population is predicted to reach 45 million by 2060¹. We need a reliable and efficient rail network to meet our increasing freight needs and take the load off our already congested roads. Inland Rail will future-proof Australia’s freight network for generations to come.
¹ ABS Data 2018
Provide better access to and from our regional markets
Inland Rail will better link producers, farmers and businesses to national and global markets. Almost 70% of freight carried on Inland Rail will be for domestic use – that includes household goods and groceries produced in Australia and consumed in our major cities.
Offer better transit time and reliability
Transit time between Melbourne and Brisbane will be less than 24 hours with 98% reliability, making it time competitive with road.
Reduce distances and costs
Rail distance between Melbourne and Brisbane will be cut by 200km. Costs for freight travelling between Melbourne and Brisbane could be reduced by $10 per tonne in comparison with the current coastal route.
Inland Rail will create more than 21,500 direct and indirect jobs during construction.
Boost the Australian economy
Inland Rail will inject more than $18 billion into Australia’s GDP during construction and the first 50 years of operation.
Improve road safety
Inland Rail will reduce the burden on large B-double trucks to do the heavy lifting of transporting goods around the country. Truck volumes will be reduced in more than 20 of our regional towns and congestion will ease on some of Australia’s busiest highways.
Moving freight by rail is four times more fuel efficient than moving freight by road. Inland Rail will cut carbon emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year from 2050.
Improve national freight network connections
The North West Connection at Parkes will link Brisbane, Melbourne and the East-West line to Perth and reduce freight rail distance between Brisbane and Perth and Brisbane and Adelaide by approximately 500km.
Provide an alternative north-south freight link
Providing a second link between Queensland and the southern states will make Australia’s national freight rail network less vulnerable to disruptions, like extreme weather events.
Increase the capacity of coastal transport networks
Reducing congestion along the busy coastal rail route will increase capacity for other passenger and freight services, particularly around Sydney’s busy passenger rail network.
Promote supply chain investments
Inland Rail is a catalyst for complementary private sector investments, such as fleet upgrades, new metropolitan and regional terminals, and integrated freight distribution precincts – as demonstrated in a recent EY Australia study.
The Case for Inland Rail
In 2014-15, the Australian Rail Track Corporation worked with PwC to develop a detailed business case for Inland Rail. The Case for Inland Rail document provides a summary of the key aspects of the Inland Rail Business Case.
September 13, 2021
Riverina cotton farmers eye Inland Rail benefits
In a decade, Southern Cotton in the NSW Riverina has grown from a first-year production of 166,000 bales to a total of 1.5 million bales bound for the Port of Melbourne.
September 3, 2021
Sketching out the Inland Rail Delivery Strategy
In September 2020, we announced the Inland Rail Delivery Strategy. This included a change to our procurement process to make it more collaborative, projects smaller and less complicated, and with more opportunities for industry to participate.
September 3, 2021
North Star to NSW/Queensland Border project update – September 2021
We’re working closely with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) as they complete their assessment of the North Star to NSW/Queensland Border project and meeting with local industry groups to increase our understanding of issues currently impacting the region.