Transforming Australia’s freight network through Inland Rail
Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, writes how Inland Rail is set to transform the movement of goods around Australia, generating opportunities for regions and the country’s economy, now and well into the future.
Australia is both a nation and an island. Although we have a large land mass, our population is heavily concentrated in our major state capital cities. Our major export industries, such as agriculture and mining, are based in Australia’s regions and rely on a connected supply chain.
More efficient freight connections across our major cities, significant ports and regional Australia has been a long-term goal for policy makers in our federal system of government. An inland rail freight line connecting north and south of the continent was first mooted over a century ago, and now, in late‑2020, construction is under way.
Inland Rail will connect the major eastern capitals of Melbourne and Brisbane, which are our fastest growing cities, via 1,700km of track through regional areas in the states of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
As Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, I am very proud of my government’s commitment to build this truly transformational rail project. It is a flagship piece of rail infrastructure and delivers key actions of our National Freight Strategy.