Inland Rail - Stockinbingal to Parkes
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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 173 kilometres of existing rail corridor to enable double-stack trains up to 1.8 kilometres in length to run on the track.
Following initial survey work and inspections, ARTC expects the upgrade to comprise modifications to structures and rail tracks within the corridor. Significant elements include:
- replacing the Lachlan River rail bridge in Forbes
- increasing the vertical clearance under the Wyndham Avenue road bridge in Forbes, and
- a new passing loop north of Daroobalgie Road.
ARTC began survey work and inspections as part of the feasibility design work in November 2017. The design work forms the basis for environmental approvals and submissions process.
S2P is expected to enter the Project assessment phase in late 2019, which will be followed by project approvals through 2020.
At industry briefings in October 2019, ARTC indicated I2S will be delivered through multiple design & construct and/or construct-only contracts, with procurement to begin in late-2019. The strategy detailed noted four packages:
- Daroobalgie Loop
- Lachlan River Bridge
- Wyndham Avenue Bridge, and
- Track slews at five loops/sidings (Wirrinya, Forbes, Bribbaree, Caragabal, Red Bend).
Construction of the section is indicatively scheduled to start in the first half of 2020 and be completed by 2023.
Last reviewed: 18/10/2019