Critical Step Forward for Moree Plains’ Inland Rail Intermodal
Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail
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
Moree Plains Business Encouraged to Get Involved in Inland Rail Construction
Moree Plains businesses are encouraged to become involved in the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail following an announcement by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) that construction of the Parkes to Narromine Inland Rail section with Planning Approval being recently granted.
“This is a really encouraging development for the Moree Plains community as it brings Inland Rail one step closer to our doorstep with the Narrabri to North Star section now scheduled to commence in the third or fourth quarter of 2019,” said Moree Plains Shire Council’s Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries.
Local industry briefings encouraging Moree Plains businesses to become involved in the Inland Rail project are scheduled to be held during the first and second quarter of 2019.
Moree Plains businesses are encouraged to now register their interest in becoming more involved in the Inland Rail project by:
Mayor Humphries highlighted Council’s continued recognition of the strategic importance of the Inland Rail to the ongoing prosperity of the Shire, “the Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project that has the potential to truly unleash the economic potential of the Moree Plains.”
“Not only will the Inland Rail provide huge benefits to our producers once completed, but has the potential to open up new industries for the region, with Moree positioned to continue its importance as a transport and logistics hub for the north-west and gateway to the New England region,” said the Mayor.
Inland Rail is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia and is expected to be operational in 2024-2025. It will provide an unprecedented connection for regional Australia to domestic and international markets.
More information on the Inland Rail and the progression of each section of the project can be found on the ARTC website www.inlandrail.artc.com.au .