Australian rail, logistics and freight companies request, in an open letter to the prime minster, for the government to implement the Inland Rail project. Asciano, Aurizon, Genesee & Wyoming, Linfox, Qube, SCT Logistics and Toll Group, praised the government’s USD 300m commitment to planning the rail line, but said the industry believes “it is time for governments to take the next step to finish the job”.
“The good news is that freight volumes on Australia’s east coast are set to soar – doubling by 2030 and tripling by 2050. Inland Rail is the smart solution to these freight challenges, and the best time to build it is now,” the letter observed.
Inland Rail, a project connecting Brisbane and Melbourne via a rail line through central NSW, is projected to cost several billion dollars to construct. Federal minister for infrastructure and regional development Warren Truss announced early tenders for the project in March.
But project supporters don’t believe the government is working fast enough to kick-start the project.