Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project connecting regional Australia to global markets, transforming the way we move freight around the country. It will complete the ‘spine’ of the national freight network between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, News South Wales and Queensland.
This new 1,700km line is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia. Early construction works will begin in 2017, and based on the 10-year delivery schedule developed in 2015, the first train is expected to operate in 2024/25.
The Australian Government, through ARTC, is delivering the multi-billion dollar infrastructure in partnership with the private sector.
The dedicated freight network will transform the way we move goods between Melbourne and Brisbane, and between the east coast, Adelaide and Perth. It will support Australia’s four richest farming regions; provide supply chain benefits and substantial cost savings for producers.
This transformational rail project will bring lower costs and greater efficiencies to freight customers and will ultimately deliver more produce and goods to consumers along the eastern seaboard, create long-term jobs, boost regional economies, and help businesses grow.
Statement of Expectations
The Statement of Expectations is issued by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and the Minister for Finance as Shareholder Ministers of the ARTC. It is to be read in conjunction with the ARTC Commercial Freedoms Framework, the Equity Financing Agreement and the Project Development Agreement between the Commonwealth and ARTC for delivery of the Inland Rail Project.