The Inland Rail will provide an enhanced link between Queensland and Southern Australia to enable freight travelling to Brisbane to bypass the busy Sydney Network.
- The Inland Rail is being delivered by the Australian Government to support the projected national growth in freight over the next several decades.
The Inland Rail is being delivered by the Australian Government to support the projected national growth in freight over the next several decades. As part of the project, the NSW Government participated on the Inland Rail Implementation Group led by former Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson, AO which delivered the Inland Rail Implementation Group Report to the Australian Government and Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) 2015 Inland Rail Programme Business Case in September 2015.
You can view these documents and a route map at: Australian Rail Track Corporation.
The Inland Rail will provide an enhanced link between Queensland and Southern Australia, including Adelaide and Perth (via Parkes), and enable freight travelling from Brisbane to Melbourne to bypass the busy Sydney network.
The planned route is about 1,700 kilometres between Melbourne and Brisbane of which 1,047 kilometres is in NSW. It will require 475 kilometres of upgrades to existing tracks and 399 kilometres of new tracks in NSW.
Construction in NSW includes:
- 185km of upgraded track from Albury to Illabo
- 37km of new track and 2km of upgraded track from Illabo to Stockinbingal
- 170km enhancement of specific sites between Stockinbingal to Parkes
- 99km of upgraded track and 5km of new track from Parkes to Narromine
- 306km of new track from Narromine to Narrabri
- 184km of upgraded track and 2km of new track from Narrabri to North Star
- 25km of upgraded track and 14km of new track from North Star to the New South Wales/Queensland border
The Inland Rail is being constructed and delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation.
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