The Inland Rail will complete the ‘backbone’ of the national freight network between Melbourne and Brisbane via Wagga Wagga, Parkes, Narromine, Moree and Toowoomba.
Inland Rail is a 1,700km freight line between Melbourne and Brisbane, making it the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia.
The dedicated freight network will transform the way goods move throughout the country to support Australia’s four richest farming regions (Darling Downs, Queensland; West Moreton, Queensland; Northern New South Wales and Goulburn Valley, Victoria) and provide supply chain benefits and substantial cost savings for producers.
Inland Rail has been divided into 13 distinct projects: 7 in New South Wales, 5 in Queensland and 1 in Victoria.
The major users of Inland Rail will be producers and their customers across a range of sectors and freight types whose transport options are currently limited and inefficient.
Inland Rail will be an open access rail service so any accredited operator can run a train along the rail line.
Approximately 16,000 jobs will be created at the peak of construction and another 700 jobs every year once Inland Rail is operational.
Inland Rail will support regional community development and Australian businesses as a result of locally sourced resources construction and its operations.
Freight customers will have the benefit of reduced transit times and greater service reliability between Melbourne and Brisbane; Adelaide and Perth and Brisbane; and from regional centres to capital cities.
The project will reduce environmental and asset maintenance costs as a result of removing a large number of heavy vehicles off the road network and reducing real distances travelled.
The Inland Rail will free up pass for passenger and local freight trains on the real network north and south of Sydney.
In one of the biggest investments ever earmarked for regional Australia, the Federal Government will fund the project, investing $8.4billion as announced as part of the 2017-2018 Federal Budget.
The Federal Government through Australian Track Rail Corporation (ARTC) is delivering this multi-billion dollar infrastructure in partnership with the private sector. The Inland Rail will transform the way goods are moved between Brisbane and Melbourne, and between the eastern states, Adelaide and Perth; support Australia’s most productive agricultural regions; provide supply chain benefits and substantial cost savings for producers.
The Moree Advantage – Perfectly Positioned
“As one of the founding members of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance, Council has been working tirelessly over the last four years to make sure our community is “Inland Rail ready”Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries.
With freight volumes set to double by 2030 and triple by 2050, Moree will form an integral part of the intermodal freight solution:
Junction of three main highways
Heart of Australia’s premier agricultural region
Moree already has industrially zoned land with highway and rail access
Reliable air services to Sydney and Brisbane
Gateway to the New England for Inland Rail
The Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section is one of 13 projects that comprises Inland Rail and will see about 185km of upgraded track and 3km of new track constructed to enable heavier axle loads and double–stacked trains, and improve transit times. This project crosses the three local government areas of Gwydir, Narrabri and Moree Plains.
The N2NS alignment
This project utilises existing rail corridor and track between N2NS. The upgrade work for this project will involve:
Reconstruction of the existing track
Re-establishing and/or expanding drainage works next to the track
Level crossing works
Replacing existing culverts and bridges
Establishing passing loops (as required)
Minor changes to track alignments at Bellata, Gurley and Moree Stations.
Progress on N2NS
ARTC has completed a preliminary environmental assessment and made an application to the New South Wales Government for approval to construct and operate the N2NS section of Inland Rail as State Significant Infrastructure.
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been prepared and delivered to the New South Wales Government.
The State Significant Infrastructure application, the EIS and accompanying documents are now available for public comment and can be viewed:
Latest News for Inland Rail
Published: Monday, 13 August 2018 16:49
Moree Plains’ Inland Rail Vision Shared With Minister McVeigh
Federal Minister for Regional Development, The Hon. Dr John McVeigh, Moree Plains Shire Council Mayor Katrina Humphries, Federal Member for Parkes The Hon. Mark Coulton;
The Member for Groom was visiting the region in order to attend the Navigating the Drought Farming and Small Business Forum in Moree, and was accompanied by Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, and Federal Member for Parkes, The Hon. Mark Coulton.
Mayor Katrina Humphries declared the meeting as most promising, highlighting that “as a former grain and cotton producer himself, Minister McVeigh is in a unique position in that he completely understands the huge scale of our production out here. And, as a resident of Toowoomba region, he also sees the impact of that produce currently having to get to market via our national road network, first hand”.
Council’s plan for capitalising on the Inland Rail includes a number of key road and rail infrastructure projects aimed at streamlining freight movements and stimulating private investment in the Shire. Given the considerable cost to develop this infrastructure, Council is seeking funding through a range of Federal and State funding programs.
While discussing the development of intermodal and rail maintenance facilities, Minister McVeigh said Moree has an advantageous location on the line between Melbourne and Brisbane.
“The Coalition Government will be looking at a number of regional towns, including Moree as an option for an intermodal hub. Inland Rail will take hundreds of trucks off the road and give farmers and regional business owners a more efficient and reliable mode of transport to deliver their produce to markets throughout Australia and the world,” said Dr McVeigh.
Councillor Humphries remarked on the revolutionary impact the national project will have on regional Australia, commenting that “it is truly exciting. One day our grandchildren will look upon it as our generation looks upon the Snowy Mountains scheme”.
“It is great to see that our Federal counterparts recognise that the Moree Plains can play a pivotal role in unleashing regional development opportunities off the back of this nation building project”, she said. To find out more about how Moree Plains Shire Council’s is becoming Inland Rail ready watch Council’s short video,
More information on the Inland Rail and the progression of each section of the project can be found on the ARTC website.
Published: Wednesday, 09 May 2018 09:32
Local Industry Engagement For Inland Rail
The Australian Rail Track Corporation is undertaking its next phase of industry engagement for the Inland Rail with three city-based Industry Briefing sessions live streamed to allow locals to be part of the process.
The sessions held in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney on consecutive days from 14-16 May 2018 will be simultaneously recorded and broadcast in real time. They will provide information for private sector opportunity and participation in Inland Rail, current scheduling, social performance requirements for businesses to work on Inland Rail, and an update on the status of the Private Public Partnership section of work.
Moree Plains Shire Council’s Executive Projects Manager John Carleton explained the Inland Rail construction is a multi-billion dollar project will create an estimated 16,000 new jobs at the peak of construction and local suppliers, skills and labour will be used, where possible.
“The live streaming sessions will allow locals to be part of the process and understanding how they can get involved and business requirement and opportunities the Inland Rail project could provide for their enterprise,” said Mr Carleton.
To reserve a seat at an Industry Briefing session or to receive login details to view a livestream, register contact details
The closing date for RSVPs to the Industry Briefing is 12 noon, Thursday 10 May 2018.