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WARREN Truss has released a delivery plan for the Inland Rail project, connecting Melbourne to Brisbane with a high performance freight line.
“The Delivery Plan outlines a 10-year construction timeframe to complete the 1,700km project – including some 600km of new track, and puts the cost at $10 billion,” Warren said.
“Inland Rail will complement existing road and rail networks and will dramatically boost productivity. Initially, it will provide for 1,800 metre long trains carrying containers stacked two high and, in the longer term, much heavier 3,600 metre long trains.
“The new freight line will reduce transit time between Melbourne and Brisbane by more than 10 hours – reducing the journey to less than a day. It will remove 200,000 trucks, or 5.4 billion net tonne kilometres of freight, from roads each year.
Sadly Australia’s biggest inland city is missing out, with the line going through Wagga and Junee instead.
The full Inland Rail Implementation Group Report is available online at infrastructure.gov.au.