Inland rail

Inland Rail is a 1,700km freight rail line directly connecting Melbourne and Brisbane, bypassing the heavily congested Sydney network. Inland Rail will build on existing regional and rural rail connections that will provide access to the ports of Melbourne, Port Kembla, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Inland Rail is a key initiative of the Australian Government’s $100 billion infrastructure pipeline.

When completed, Inland Rail will provide a strategic infrastructure corridor for eastern Australia, creating the opportunity to optimise development of local and regional road and rail links by state and local governments.

The project will deliver a competitive rail service, increase national productivity, and, importantly, boost the regional economies along the Inland Rail corridor. Regional businesses and farmers will be able to take advantage of new opportunities for export growth and get their produce to market when and where it is required at a better price. Supply chain costs are a significant component of the price consumers pay for goods with up to 10 per cent of the final cost coming from transportation costs.The Inland Rail Service Offering was developed by the Australian Rail Track Corporation in consultation with Australia’s major freight stakeholders to ensure it will deliver what they require now and into the future.

Inland Rail - Update and procurement opportunity