ARTC Inland Rail Project

ARTC Inland Rail Network – Moving Freight between Melbourne and Brisbane.

The Inland Rail will complete the backbone of the national rail freight network between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

It will deliver freight out of the congested Sydney network, saving approximately 10 hours of travelling time.

Trains travelling on this new, more direct route will travel at up to 115km/h and use significantly less fuel.

The 1700km route leverages the earlier investment in the Australian rail freight network following the existing interstate line from Melbourne to Illabo. It then uses a combination of capacity improvements, major track upgrades and new track via Parkes, Moree, North Star, Oakey, Toowoomba, Gatton and Rosewood.

Inland Rail Base Scope Map A3


The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) was appointed in 2014 to develop a business case and 10 year delivery plan for Inland Rail. Since then we have:

  • developed a business case, to be lodged with the Australian Government mid-2015
  • completed aerial photography and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) of the entire 1700km route
  • undertaken early field investigations and strategic consultation in the priority construction areas.
  •  worked with all key logistics companies, end users, peak bodies and governments to develop the endorsed Inland Rail Service Offering
  • conducted roadshows across the alignment including in Ipswich, Toowoomba, Narrabri, Dubbo, Parkes, Wagga Wagga and Wodonga to brief local council leaders, stakeholders and industry representatives on Inland Rail and seek local insight and feedback.

Early works are planned to commence on the priority construction projects – Parkes to Narromine and Narrabri to North Star – during 2015.

These works will take place within the existing interstate route and will provide benefits and efficiencies for future phases of work.

No field investigations or construction will commence on new sections of track without detailed consultation with local stakeholders.

The Inland Rail Implementation Group has prioritised three sections of the route for development as projects which will bring immediate productivity or reliability benefits to communities along the corridor:

  • priority construction project: Parkes to Narromine, New South Wales
  • priority construction project: Narrabri to North Star, New South Wales
  • priority development project: Gowrie to Kagaru, Queensland.

Please visit the ARTC Inland Rail Project website for more information

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