Inland Rail will be an open access rail service.
Any accredited operator can run a train along the rail line, once operational.
The major users of Inland Rail will be producers across a range of sectors, transporting mostly domestic goods to our cities, such as fresh food, packaged goods, hardware, white goods, and bulk goods like steel, paper and coal.
Will the Inland Rail line have a passenger service?
Inland Rail is freight infrastructure, however, the decision to run passenger services will be a matter for each State Government or for private operators. ARTC, the operators of Inland Rail, have a long history of working with Government and private operators to ensure passenger trains have access to the national rail network. This will continue to be the case for Inland Rail.
The Inland Rail service offering
The service offering is central to Inland Rail and reflects the priorities of freight customers for a road-competitive service based on reliability, transit time, price and availability.
Our service offering was developed in consultation with Australia’s major freight rail customers and freight owners including Asciano, Genessee and Wyoming, SCT, Aurizon, Woolworths, Coles, Graincorp, Namoi Cotton, Bluescope and VISY. Also included in the consultation were key agricultural stakeholders including NSW Farmers, National Farmers Federation and peak bodies such as NRMA.
Consultation with organisations who will use Inland Rail helped us clearly define the performance outcomes that industry requires and the technical specifications that will deliver on those performance requirements.
The four key elements of the service offering are:
Freight customers want road-competitive reliability of 98%, driven by considerations around flood immunity and design. Inland Rail will not only provide a high level of reliability, it will also benefit from the back-up of the existing coastal network, making both lines more resilient to extreme weather events.
Freight customers want pricing that is equal to or cheaper than road (including an allowance for pick-up and delivery). This cost competitiveness will have flow-on effects in terms of reducing supply chain costs for agricultural and mining exports.
It currently takes approximately 32 hours to move freight from Melbourne to Brisbane via the existing coastal route. Inland Rail will move freight from Melbourne to Brisbane in less than 24 hours.
Once Inland Rail is operational, we will work with rail operators and freight owners to achieve a schedule that sees freight arrive at major terminals at times that suit customers.
Longer, double-stacked trains
- 1,800m with future proofing for ultimate 3,600m train length
- 7.1m clearances for double stack operation
- Longer double-stacked trains significantly increase the payload of each train
Heavier axle loads
- 21 tonnes @ 115km/h, 25 tonnes @ 80km/h, with future proofing for 30 tonnes @ 80km/h
- Heavier axle loads allow freight customers to transport heavier freight volumes at higher speeds.
- Full interoperability with the interstate mainline standard gauge network
- Dual-gauging in Queensland to provide for connectivity to the Queensland narrow gauge regional network
- Connections to regional and national freight networks providing for standard gauge connections to the ports of Melbourne, Port Kembla, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth
June 18, 2021
Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 community benefits snapshot April 2021
Infographic summarising benefits of the Narrabri to North Star (Phase 1) project for the local community from September 2020 to April 2021.
April 15, 2021
Beveridge to Albury explanatory report
This report has been prepared by the Minister for Planning at the request of ARTC as the proponent responsible for the Inland Rail-Beveridge to Albury Project, which forms the Victorian portion of the broader Inland Rail Program.
March 9, 2021
Businesses meet with Inland Rail proponents on QLD PPP section
Thousands of jobs for Queenslanders will be up for grabs as part of the Queensland public-private partnership (PPP) section of the Inland Rail project, attendees at an information session for local and indigenous businesses were told today.