Plans for the new inland freight rail line have been released detailing timeframes, employment opportunities and the particular benefits to the agricultural industry. The Inland Rail Delivery Plan outlines a 10-year construction timeframe to complete the 1,700 kilometre line, which includes 600 kilometres of new track, providing a high performance and direct interstate rail corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane.
The primary purpose of this new infrastructure is to deliver high performance trains moving non-bulk domestic freight. In doing so, it will connect to the highly competitive trans-continental line at Parkes. Access to regional markets will improve with an expected 8.9 million tonnes of agricultural freight to be carried annually by the year 2050.
The inland rail will provide the possibility of further rail and road development out west, and for many regions along the rail line, the proximity to this service will allow greater efficiency and decreased costs in transporting goods to market.
This rail will create thousands of jobs, both during construction and in operation. It will reduce congestion and emissions, and improve safety. Transit time between Melbourne and Brisbane will be cut by more than 10 hours and 200,000 trucks will be removed from the roads each year. To see the plan in motion, check out this video: