Inland Rail Freight Corridor




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Inland Rail - Albury to Illabo
Inland Rail - Illabo to Stockinbingal
Inland Rail - Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton
Inland Rail - Narromine to Narrabri
Inland Rail - North Star to NSW-QLD Border
Inland Rail - NSW - QLD Border to Gowrie
Inland Rail - Stockinbingal to Parkes
Inland Rail - Tottenham to Albury
Inland Rail Freight Corridor
Inland Rail - Narrabri to North Star
Inland Rail - Toowoomba to Kagaru sections PPP
Inland Rail - Parkes to Narromine
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

Credibly proposed

The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.   

Announced

The project has a firm commitment and timeline from a state, territory or major local government, but has not yet entered the market.

Under procurement

The project or transaction is under procurement (such as a call for Expressions of Interest, requests for tender, or another offer to the market).

Preferred bidder announced

A preferred bidder has been selected and is in exclusive negotiations.

Recently closed

Projects that have progressed to contractual close remain on ANZIP for 12 months.

ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:

Australia

Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million


STATUS: Credibly proposed
VALUE: $10.66bn AUD
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: Commonwealth, NSW, QLD, VIC
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Confirmed PPP, Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

The circa $10.66 billion Inland Rail project would see the creation of a 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight rail line along Australia's east-coast - bypassing the congested Sydney network and the circuitous north coast line via Australia’s four richest farming regions in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. This would include approximately 1,100 kilometres of major upgrades and enhancement, and 600 kilometres of new tracks.

The project, which is being overseen by the Commonwealth-owned Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), is considered likely to proceed with the 2016-17 Federal Budget providing $594 million for the purchase of land corridors.

ARTC has split Inland Rail into 13 separate projects, with one in Victoria, seven in NSW and five in QLD, to be delivered over a 10 year schedule.

The 2017-18 Federal Budget announced that $8.4 billion in equity over seven years from 2017-18 is to be invested into the ARTC for the delivery of Inland Rail. Under the measure, the ARTC will leverage greater debt and enter into a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the Toowoomba (Gowrie) to Kagaru sections.

Project costs will not be finalised until procurements, alignment and reference designs are completed.

Infrastructure Australia has rated Inland Rail as a "Priority Project".



Last updated: 15/06/2017

Inland Rail - Albury to Illabo


PROJECT
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Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Inland Rail - Albury to Illabo

STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: Commonwealth,NSW
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

The circa $10 billion Inland Rail project would see the creation of a 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight rail line along Australia's east-coast - bypassing the congested Sydney network and the circuitous north coast line via Australia’s four richest farming regions in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The Albury to Illabo (A2I) section will comprise the upgrade of 185 kilometres of existing rail corridor between Albury at the Victoria-NSW Border to Illabo to service 1800 metre long double stacked trains.

ARTC is undertaking environmental field studies during 2017.



Last updated: 15/06/2017

Inland Rail - Illabo to Stockinbingal


PROJECT
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STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Inland Rail - Illabo to Stockinbingal

STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: Commonwealth,NSW
PROCUREMENT APPROACH:
TYPE: Greenfield

The circa $10 billion Inland Rail project would see the creation of a 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight rail line along Australia's east-coast - bypassing the congested Sydney network and the circuitous north coast line via Australia’s four richest farming regions in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The Illabo to Stockinbingal (I2S) section is proposed to comprise 37 kilometres of new track and provide a new direct route from the line east of Illabo to the Forbes rail line near Stockinbingal. The planned alignment will also bypass the Bethungra Spiral and be 30 kilometres shorter than the existing route.

I2S is in the environmental planning and approvals phase, with environmental field studies underway.

ARTC expects to lodge a State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) application for I2S with the NSW Government in mid 2017.



Last updated: 15/06/2017

Inland Rail - Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Inland Rail - Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton

STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: Commonwealth,QLD
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

The circa $10 billion Inland Rail project would see the creation of a 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight rail line along Australia's east-coast - bypassing the congested Sydney network and the circuitous north coast line via Australia’s four richest farming regions in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton (K2ARB) section comprises enhancements and commisioning of dual gauge operations along 52 kilometres of the existing Sydney to Brisbane Rail Corridor (that ARTC leases from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR)) to enable double stacked trains.

Works will involve:

- lowering five rail under road bridges at Beaudesert Road, Learoyd Road, Johnson Road, Middle Road and Pub Lane; and
- constructing two new crossing loops and extending two others at Greenbank and Bromelton;

ARTC are undertaking field studies until the second half of 2018, to inform the design of the rail corridor and associated infrastructure.



Last updated: 15/06/2017

Inland Rail - Narrabri to North Star


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Inland Rail - Narrabri to North Star

STATUS: Announced
VALUE: $1.3bn AUD
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: Commonwealth,NSW
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

The circa $10 billion Inland Rail project would see the creation of a 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight rail line along Australia's east-coast - bypassing the congested Sydney network and the circuitous north coast line via Australia’s four richest farming regions in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section is one of the most advanced sections of Inland Rail and will comprise:

- reconstruction and upgrading of 188 kilometres of existing track between Narrabri and North Star via Moree;
-1.6 kilometres of new track at Camurra to bypass the hairpin curve;
establishing five passing loops;
-level crossing works;
- realignment of 1.5 kilometres of the Newell Highway near Bellata along with new road bridges for - the Newell highway and Jones Avenue in Moree;
- re-establishing and/or expanding drainage works next to the track including the replacement of existing culverts and bridges; and
- minor changes to track alignments at Bellata, Gurley and Moree Stations.

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for N2NS was released for public exhibition on 15 November, with comments due by 15 December 2017.

It is understood that construction on this section is scheduled to begin in mid-2018 and is expected to take 24 18 months to complete.

The NSW Government has deemed this section and the Parkes to Narromine section "Critical State Significant Infrastructure" (SSI). The SSI application states the estimated capital investment value of the section is $1.3 billion.



Last updated: 15/06/2017

Inland Rail - Narromine to Narrabri


PROJECT
PIPELINE
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Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Inland Rail - Narromine to Narrabri

STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: Commonwealth,NSW
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

The circa $10 billion Inland Rail project would see the creation of a 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight rail line along Australia's east-coast - bypassing the congested Sydney network and the circuitous north coast line via Australia’s four richest farming regions in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The Narromine to Narrabri (N2N) section is the longest and most significant greenfield project within Inland Rail, comprising circa 307 kilometres of new track. 

On 30th November 2017, the recommended alignment from the east of Narromine to the east of Narrabri was confirmed. The preferred corridor will be taken forward through the NSW Government’s planning and approval process, which will lead to an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for this project.



Last updated: 15/06/2017

Inland Rail - North Star to NSW-QLD Border


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Inland Rail - North Star to NSW-QLD Border

STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: Commonwealth,NSW,QLD
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

The circa $10 billion Inland Rail project would see the creation of a 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight rail line along Australia's east-coast - bypassing the congested Sydney network and the circuitous north coast line via Australia’s four richest farming regions in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The North Star to NSW-QLD Border (NS2B) will comprise the construction of circa 38 kilometres of new track and the upgrade of circa 35 kilometres of existing track, connecting North Star in NSW to Yelarbon in Queensland.

The preferred corridor, announced in February 2017, runs along the disused rail corridor towards Boggabilla, crossing the Macintyre River before joining the Queensland Rail South West Rail Line.

Community consultation and corridor refinement will continue before commencing the environmental approvals process.



Last updated: 15/06/2017

Inland Rail - NSW - QLD Border to Gowrie


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Inland Rail - NSW - QLD Border to Gowrie

STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: Commonwealth,QLD
PROCUREMENT APPROACH:
TYPE: Greenfield

The circa $10 billion Inland Rail project would see the creation of a 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight rail line along Australia's east-coast - bypassing the congested Sydney network and the circuitous north coast line via Australia’s four richest farming regions in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The NSW-QLD Border to Gowrie (B2G) section will connect Inland rail, with approximately 116 km of new dual gauge track and 82 km of upgraded track, from near Yelarbon to Gowrie Junction north west of Toowoomba. The Federal Government announced in September 2017 the preferred corridor for the B2G section is a route that runs via Pittsworth, Brookstead and the Wellcamp-Charlton industrial precinct. Four possible routes were under consideration including:

- a route from Inglewood through Millmerran (base case);
- a route or connection to the Charlton and Wellcamp areas;
- a route through Karara and Leyburn; and
- a route closer to Warwick.

Aurecon and AECOM jointly undertook Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) of the corridors and found that the cost of all options was relatively similar, with the base case being the least expensive.

The project will progress to the detailed design phase including the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).



Last updated: 15/06/2017

Inland Rail - Parkes to Narromine


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Inland Rail - Parkes to Narromine

STATUS: Under procurement
VALUE: $300M AUD
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: Commonwealth,NSW
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

The circa $10 billion Inland Rail project would see the creation of a 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight rail line along Australia's east-coast - bypassing the congested Sydney network and the circuitous north coast line via Australia’s four richest farming regions in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The Parkes to Narromine (P2N) section of the project is the most advanced section in NSW and will comprise:

- replacing or upgrading circa 107 kilometres of existing sleepers and track, as well as culverts and bridges;
- construction of three 2.2 kilometre crossing loops at Goonumbla, Peak Hill and Timjelly;
realigning the track to minimise tight curves;
- providing a new 5.3 kilometre long rail connection to the Broken Hill line to the west of Parkes, (‘the Parkes north west connection’);
- raising the level of the rail formation (the supportive foundations of the track); and
- improving level crossings, signalling and communications, services and utilities within the corridor.

Procurement for the construct only P2N contract will be conducted through a bespoke three-phase process:
  - Registration of Interest (ROI) phase;
  - Expression of Interest (EOI) phase; and
  - Request for Proposal (RFP) phase.

ROIs were called for in September 2017 and close on 22 September. ARTC expects to shortlist approximately six parties to proceed to the EOI phase which began on 3 October. Up to three parties will then be selected for the RFP phase and submit proposals by 16 February 2018. The P2N contract is expected to be awarded in April 2018.

Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for Parkes to Narromine section was released for public consultation over July - August 2017. EIS approval is anticipated for February 2018.

Construction is indicatively scheduled to begin in mid-2018 and will take approximately 18 months to complete.

The NSW Government has deemed this section and the Narrabri to North Star section "Critical State Significant Infrastructure" (SSI). The SSI application states the estimated capital investment value of the section is $300 million.



Last updated: 15/06/2017

Inland Rail - Stockinbingal to Parkes


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Inland Rail - Stockinbingal to Parkes

STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: Commonwealth,NSW
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

The circa $10 billion Inland Rail project would see the creation of a 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight rail line along Australia's east-coast - bypassing the congested Sydney network and the circuitous north coast line via Australia’s four richest farming regions in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The Stockinbingal to Parkes (S2P) section comprises the upgrade of 169 kilometres of existing rail corridor to enable double-stack trains up to 3.6 kilometres in length to run on the track.

ARTC is undertaking survey work and inspections as part of the feasibility design work. The design work will form the basis for environmental approvals and submissions process. It involves environmental, technical and engineering studies. The survey work started on 30th November 2017 and includes:

- air quality and vibrations surveys;
- investigations into existing structures;
- ecological surveys to identify any flora and fauna; and
- cultural heritage surveys.



Last updated: 15/06/2017

Inland Rail - Toowoomba to Kagaru sections PPP


PROJECT
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Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Inland Rail - Toowoomba to Kagaru sections PPP

STATUS: Announced
VALUE: $3.55bn AUD
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: Commonwealth,QLD
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Confirmed PPP
TYPE: Greenfield

The circa $10 billion Inland Rail project would see the creation of a 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight rail line along Australia's east-coast - bypassing the congested Sydney network and the circuitous north coast line via Australia’s four richest farming regions in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The 2017-18 Federal Budget announced that the Toowoomba (Gowrie) to Kagaru sections of the project are to be delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP). Under this delivery arrangement, the private sector will design, build, finance and maintain this section of the railway over a long-term concession period. ARTC anticipates the PPP structure will be an 'availability charge' type arrangement.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) lists three sections that comprise the Toowoomba to Kagaru sections. These are Gowrie to Helidon (G2H), Helidon to Calvert (H2C) and Calvert to Kagaru (C2K). In total the Toowomba to Kagaru sections will include:

- circa 130 kilometres of new dual gauge track;
- 8.58 kilometres of tunnels;
- 21 grade separations;
- 11 viaducts totalling 5.7 kilometres in length;
- 39 river bridges, including 20 totalling one kilometre between Helidon and Calvert; and
- 11 crossing loops.

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Terms of Reference (ToR) for the G2H and H2C sections have been released by the Queensland Government Department of State Development (DSD). The draft ToR for the C2K section’s EIS was also released in August 2017.

Project information provided to DSD as part of these processes states the combined investment required for the PPP is $3.55 billion.

The indicative project timeline has construction scheduled to begin in 2019 and be completed in 2024.



Last updated: 15/06/2017

Inland Rail - Tottenham to Albury


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Inland Rail - Tottenham to Albury

STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: Commonwealth,NSW,VIC
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

The circa $10 billion Inland Rail project would see the creation of a 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight rail line along Australia's east-coast - bypassing the congested Sydney network and the circuitous north coast line via Australia’s four richest farming regions in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The Tottenham to Albury (T2A) section is the only section traversing Victoria and comprises the upgrade of 304 kilometres of existing rail corridor between Melbourne and the Victoria - NSW border at Albury.

The T2A alignment is still under consideration, with field investigations underway. Studies to date indicate the need for construction, removal or modification of track at over 60 locations along the corridor.

ARTC shares the T2A rail corridor with V/Line passenger train operations, the Sydney-Melbourne XPT and suburban Melbourne trains.

Information sessions on the T2A section are expected to be held in late 2017.



Last updated: 15/06/2017

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