Australia’s authorities reaffirmed their fervent support for the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project. The line is part of ensuring the right infrastructure is in place to cater to the nation’s growing freight task. The Government is awaiting a report of the Inland Rail Implementation Group that is working to determine construction priorities, engage with the community and stakeholders, settle the alignment and examine financing options.
“It will be a game changer for how we move freight through this region, as well as across Victoria, New South Wales and Southern Queensland, linking to the existing national network to move freight around the nation. It will connect regional communities with capital cities and producers with export markets”, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said.
Australia’s freight task will double by 2030 and triple by 2050. The Inland Rail will connect key production areas in regional Victoria and New South Wales (NSW) with ports in Brisbane and Melbourne. Inland Rail will boost regional economic growth to drive national productivity, the minister explained.
“This is strategic infrastructure investment for the future, providing capacity to serve the east coast freight market for the next half century and beyond,” Truss said.