Inland Rail

The Inland Rail project will enhance our existing national rail network and serve the interstate freight market.

The project encompasses the design and construction of a new rail connection between Melbourne and Brisbane, via Wagga, Parkes, Moree and Toowoomba.

The new line will be a faster, more efficient route that bypasses the Sydney rail network and will enable the use of double stacked trains along its entire length.

Key facts:

  • Inland Rail will deliver a transit time for freight between Melbourne and Brisbane that is competitive with road
  • The route will be approximately 1,730 km in length
  • Inland Rail will use the existing interstate rail line through Victoria and southern NSW but will also require approximately 400 km of track upgrades and approximately 600 km of new track.

ARTC has been tasked with developing a ten year program to deliver the project, under the guidance of the Inland Rail Implementation Group. ARTC is a member of this group which is chaired by former Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. John Anderson, AO with representatives of the Australian, NSW, Queensland and Victorian Governments.

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