Inland Rail - Albury to Illabo


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Inland Rail - Albury to Illabo

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.   


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

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Recently closed

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


Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

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

STATUS: Announced
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 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.

The scope of work currently includes:

  • 25 kilometres of track slews
  • 5-10 loop/sidings slews
  • two bridge removals, and
  • 25-30 signal structures.


ARTC has completed preliminary ecological and geotechnical field studies as well as community consultations. Further environmental, cultural, utility identification and impact studies investigations are currently underway as part of the design phase. Project assessment is scheduled to occur over 2020-2021.

At industry briefings in October 2019, ARTC indicated A2I would be delivered under multiple Design & Construct or Construct only contracts.

ARTC expects project approval in 2021, with procurement to commence in late-2020. Construction is indicatively scheduled to start in 2021 and be completed by the end of 2025.

In October 2020, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment issued the Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements for the project. The Environmental Impact Statement for the project will now be developed.

Separately in October 2020, WSP Australia was appointed to undertake the reference design and accompanying primary approvals documentation for the Albury to Illabo and the Stockinbingal to Parkes sections of Inland Rail. The two sections were packaged together for efficiency given their similarities.

In November 2020, WSP Australia was awarded the Design and Environmental Services Contract for the Albury to Illabo and Stockinbingal to Parkes section of the Inland Rail project.

Last reviewed: 09/12/2020

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