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Project Background

Inland Rail provides a high performance and direct interstate freight rail corridor between two of Australia’s largest cities—Melbourne and Brisbane. By also connecting south east Queensland more directly with Adelaide and Perth (via Parkes), Inland Rail will deliver immediate interoperability with the high performance east-west trans-continental line.

  • The route will be approximately 1,700 km and will allow travel speeds of 115km/h. Each 1800m freight train will take the equivalent freight of over 100 B-double trucks.
  • Inland Rail will deliver a transit time for freight of less than 24 hours between Melbourne and Brisbane with a 98% service reliability that is competitive with road.
  • Inland Rail will use the existing interstate rail line through Victoria and southern NSW but will require approximately 400 km of track upgrades predominately in NSW and approximately 600 km of new track through northern NSW and south-east Queensland.
  • The programme is preparing four separate Environmental Impact Statements for the Queensland Government which are informed by the feasibility design.
  • The Queensland projects include a 6km tunnel, two 1km tunnels, more than 20km of viaducts and bridges and tens of millions of cubic metres of earthworks.
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Contract Period

April 2016 to December 2017


Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)

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