Inland Rail Freight Corridor




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Recently closed
Inland Rail - Albury to Illabo
Inland Rail - Illabo to Stockinbingal
Inland Rail - Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton
Inland Rail - North Star to NSW-QLD Border
Inland Rail - NSW - QLD Border to Gowrie
Inland Rail Freight Corridor
Inland Rail - Narrabri to North Star
Inland Rail - Toowoomba to Kagaru sections PPP
Inland Rail - Tottenham to Albury
Inland Rail - Narromine to Narrabri
Inland Rail - Stockinbingal to Parkes
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, Traditional procurement, Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Scope

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. This would include approximately 1,200 kilometres of major upgrades and enhancements, and 500 kilometres of new track.

The project is being overseen by the Commonwealth-owned Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). 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.

 


Funding

 

2016: The 2016-17 Federal Budget allocated $594 million for the purchase of land corridors.

2017: The 2017-18 Federal Budget announced that $8.4 billion in equity over seven years 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.

 


Procurement

 

Jun 2018: The Future Freight Joint Venture comprising AECOM and Aurecon was awarded five design contracts for the Inland Rail project. The contracts awarded include design work on the Toowoomba to Kagaru PPP, Border to Gowrie, and North Star to Border sections of the project.

Mar 2019: Procurement on the Toowoomba to Kagaru PPP started in March 2019.

Jun 2019: ARTC appointed Turner & Townsend and SNC-Lavalin to provide Programme Management Office (PMO) services across the entire Inland Rail project.

Oct 2019: Industry briefings were held in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

 


History

 

2018: The Federal Government signed bilateral agreements with the Victorian and NSW governments providing consent for ARTC to deliver the sections of Inland Rail in each state and a commitment to negotiate a new long term lease with ARTC.

Dec 2018: Construction started on the Parkes to Narromine section of the program.

Oct 2019: Industry briefings were held in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Nov 2019: The Federal Government signed a bilateral agreement with the Queensland Government to deliver the Queensland sections of the project. The agreement will also see joint development of business cases for passenger rail services from Salisbury to Beaudesert, Brisbane to Toowoomba and a dedicated rail freight line to the Port of Brisbane.

Jun 2020: The Federal Government announced that Federal planning approvals for Inland Rail projects will be fast-tracked under a bilateral model between the Federal and State Governments, reducing the approval times by up to 50 per cent.

 


Further Information

 

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 reviewed: 19/06/2020

Inland Rail - Albury to Illabo


PROJECT
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STATUS

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: 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.



Last reviewed: 18/10/2019

Inland Rail - Illabo to Stockinbingal


PROJECT
PIPELINE
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: 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 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 project feasibility stage, with environmental field studies underway. This stage is expected to run until mid-2019, with project approval scheduled for 2021. ARTC estimates procurement will begin in the second half of 2020. Construction is indicatively scheduled to occur between 2022 and 2023.

WSP and Mott MacDonald were awarded the feasibility and design work contract in April 2018.

ARTC lodged a State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) application for I2S with the NSW Government in June 2018. An Environmental Impact Statement is being developed and is expected to be put on public exhibition in early 2020.



Last reviewed: 18/10/2019

Inland Rail - Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton


PROJECT
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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: 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 Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton (K2ARB) section comprises enhancements and commisioning of dual gauge operations along 49 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. The project feasibility and assessment stages are expected run until 2022.

ARTC currently intends to procure K2AB as a single design & construct contract, with procurement to begin in late-2021. Construction of K2AB is scheduled to occur between 2022 and 2024.



Last reviewed: 18/10/2019

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: Under procurement
VALUE: $1.3bn 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 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 and submissions closed on 15 December 2017. The EIS was put on public exhibition again in December 2019, with submissions due by 31 January 2020. 

In February 2020, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment requested that Inland Rail provide a response to submissions made to the Environmental Impact Statement. In May 2020, the Department received the response and are currently assessing the planning application.

In July 2020, the planning assessment for the project was fast-tracked under the NSW Government's Planning System Acceleration Program, with a decision to be made by 14 August 2020.

Expressions of Interest for the major works contract (SP1), comprising works within the existing ARTC rail corridor, were called for on 4 October 2019. EOIs closed on 1 November. On 3 December 2019 the ARTC announced a shortlist of three:

  • Lendlease
  • RailFirst, a joint venture between Downer EDI and Seymour Whyte, and
  • Trans4m Rail, a joint venture between Rhomberg Rail Australia, BGC Contracting and SEE Civil.

 

The Request for Tender process is now underway, with contract award expected by June 2020, with construction to commence in the second half of 2020.

The separate structures contract (SP2), for works around Moree, is expected commence procurement in early 2020.

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.

At industry briefings held in October 2019, ARTC indicated the SP1 contract value was 'greater than $400 million', while SP2 was 'greater than $100 million'.



Last reviewed: 31/07/2020

Inland Rail - Narromine to Narrabri


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Inland Rail - Narromine to Narrabri

STATUS: Announced
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: Commonwealth,NSW
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Alliance
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. 

In July 2018, a $13.5 million contract was awarded to a JacobsGHD IR Joint Venture by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) for feasibility design work for the N2N section.

An application for the project to be declared State Significant Infrastructure will be sought by ARTC along with the issuing of the EIS requirements by the NSW Government. This process is expected to take 18-24 months.

The section currently intended to be procured under a collaborative contract such as an alliance.

Construction works on the Narromine to Narrabri section will not commence until all necessary approvals have been received. Procurement is currently expected to start in late-2020. ARTC has indicatively scheduled construction to start in the second half of 2021 and be completed by late-2025.



Last reviewed: 18/10/2019

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: 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 North Star to NSW-QLD Border (NS2B) will comprise the construction of 39 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 runs along the disused rail corridor towards Boggabilla, crossing the Macintyre River before joining the Queensland Rail South West Rail Line.

NS2B is now at the project assessment stage, which will see the preparation of a detailed Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). A state significant infrastructure (SSI) application was lodged in April 2017.

In June 2018, the Future Freight Joint Venture comprising AECOM and Aurecon was awarded the contract for the design work on NS2B.

In August 2018, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements SEARs were initially issued. On 13 March 2020, the NSW DPIE issued updated SEARs with respect to the North Star to NSW/Queensland Border component of the Inland Rail project. The updated SEARs were issued as a result of a request by the Australian Rail Track Corporation for expansion of the original scope to include offsite burrow sites to access fill material.

The next step will be for the Australian Rail Track Corporation to provide an Environmental Impact Statement to the DPIE by August 2020, abiding by the 2-year time period allowed from the date of issue of the initial SEAR.

The section is expected to be procured as a single design & construct contract, with procurement to commence in the second half of 2020. ARTC indicates the contract value is between $250 million - $500 million.

Construction of the section is indicatively scheduled to start in the first half of 2021 and be completed by mid-2024.



Last reviewed: 31/03/2020

Inland Rail - NSW - QLD Border to Gowrie


PROJECT
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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: 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 NSW-QLD Border to Gowrie (B2G) section will connect Inland rail, with approximately 146 kilometres of new dual gauge track and 78 kilometre 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 proposed alignment within the corridor was released for consultation in September 2019.

In March 2018 the Queensland Coordinator-General declared the B2G section a 'coordinated project', triggering the requirement for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be prepared.

The project will now progess to the detailed design phase including the development of the EIS. The draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for the EIS were issued by the Coordinator General in May 2018, with public consultation open until 18 June. The final ToR was released on 16 November 2018.

Release of reference designs for the project, and public consultation, is expected in early 2020.

The Queensland Department of State Development indicates the B2G section will require an investment of $1.4 billion, with completion expected in 2024. ARTC indicatively expects procurement to commence at the end of 2020, with construction to begin in the first half of 2021 and be completed by 2025.

In June 2018, the Future Freight Joint Venture comprising AECOM and Aurecon was awarded the contract for the design work on the Border to Gowrie section of the project.

In November 2018, a preliminary Condamine floodplain crossing solution was released by ARTC for public consultation. The preliminary solution proposes the use of raised embankments and bridges to cross the floodplain east of the Gore Highway. 



Last reviewed: 05/12/2019

Inland Rail - Stockinbingal to Parkes


PROJECT
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Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Inland Rail - Stockinbingal to Parkes

STATUS: Announced
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 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

Inland Rail - Toowoomba to Kagaru sections PPP


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Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Inland Rail - Toowoomba to Kagaru sections PPP

STATUS: Under procurement
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 of approximately 15 to 30 years. ARTC anticipates the PPP structure will be an 'availability charge' type arrangement. The PPP will have a maintenance concession period of up to 25 years.

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;
  • almost nine kilometres of tunnels, including a 6.5 kilometre tunnel through the Toowoomba Ranges;
  • 25 level crossings and 10 road-over-rail separations
  • 21 viaducts totalling 5.7 kilometres in length;
  • 37 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 final ToR for the C2K section EIS were released in December 2017. Final Environmental Impact Statements will be submitted to the Queensland Coordinator-General in 2019, with approvals to be granted in 2020.

In February 2018, the Future Freight Joint Venture, comprising Aurecon and AECOM, was awarded the feasiblity design contract for the project. In June 2018, the Future Freight Joint Venture was also awarded the contract for the design work for the project. A contract for the geotechnical surveying of the tunnel route was awarded to Golder Associates in November 2018.

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

In October 2018 the ARTC called for Registrations of Interest (ROI) for the project.

In late March 2019, ARTC called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the project, closing on 14 May 2019. A Request for Proposal is due by the end of 2020.

The indicative project timeline has construction scheduled to begin in 2021 and be completed in 2024-25.



Last reviewed: 24/07/2020

Inland Rail - Tottenham to Albury


PROJECT
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Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Inland Rail - Tottenham to Albury

STATUS: Under procurement
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 existing structures along 305 kilometres of existing rail corridor - the North East Rail Line (NERL) - between Melbourne and the Victoria - NSW border at Albury to enable the double-stacked freight trains.

24 sites have been identified for upgrades, which would include:

  • track lowering
  • road or pedestrian bridge modifications
  • signal structure modifications, and
  • track diversion at Wangaratta.

 

T2A is being developed with consideration of the separate $235 million North East Line Upgrade being undertaken by ARTC through the Victorian Government's Regional Rail Revival program.

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

In March 2018, the Victorian and Federal governments signed a bilateral agreement for the project, which includes commitments to negotiate a new long term lease with ARTC, and for the Victorian Government to accommodate any changes to the NERL required for Inland Rail.

In June 2020, ARTC opened Expressions of Interest for two contractors to undertake early phase work. With EOIs closing on 13 July 2020, this procurement entails the designing and rebuilding of bridges, associated civil works, track lowering at 12 sites, delivery of overhead wiring, and installations of signal gantries and track slews along the existing North East Rail line.

The project is currently at the feasibility stage, which involves engineering design work, environmental investigations and community consultations. ARTC expects project approval between mid-2019 and mid-2020, with construction to occur between 2020 and 2025.



Last reviewed: 12/06/2020

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