Between 2016 and 2030, road freight in Australia is expected to grow by 40 percent while non-containerised exports from major ports will grow 90 percent. However, the existing east-coast railway was not designed to take long-heavy trains and is constrained by a 19th century alignment.
To cope with the growing freight volume and to establish a competitive rail freight service on the east coast, the Federal Government of Australia will dedicate $594 million on researching and acquiring land for an inland rail network.
Inland Rail – the new 1700km rail freight connection between Melbourne to Brisbane will avoid the congested Sydney network and travel via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. The large-scale rail freight project will deliver enhancements to 700km of existing interstate track, major upgrades to a further 400km of track and constructing 600km of new track. Besides delivering a transit time that is competitive with road at less than 24 hours, it also brings a host of other benefits such as creation of jobs, reduction of supply chain costs and making Australian exports more competitive.
Simon Thomas, Programme Director for Inland Rail at the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is responsible for leading the project team and overseeing the delivery of the Programme’s construction elements. Do not miss his presentation at Asia Pacific Rail 2017 as he makes the business case for Inland Rail and shares more about collaboration opportunities.
About Asia Pacific Rail
Now in its 19th edition, Asia Pacific Rail is the largest gathering of senior rail leaders in Asia. With a 4 track premium conference agenda covering key issues across metro, mainline, freight, rolling stock, power, signalling & communications, finance & funding and more, 3 technical seminar theatres in the exhibition hall, over 80 exhibition stands and an Underground/Overground University, our 2017 edition will be our biggest ever. Book your ticket here.