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Faster, more reliable freight

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Safer, less congested roads

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Reduced emissions

Inland Rail is a 1,600km freight rail line, now under construction. It will connect Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Construction of Inland Rail is underway.

Inland Rail is needed to:


> Keep pace with the freight demands of our growing population.

> Reduce our reliance on roads for moving freight.

> Better link businesses, manufacturers and producers to markets.

> Generate new opportunities for regional Australia.

Community Benefits

Between December 2018 and March 2024, Inland Rail has employed:

  • 5,235 people, of whom 730 are First Nations People
  • 2,537 local residents, of whom 450 are First Nations People
  • 2,792 people in a sustainable role*

To date, 573 local businesses and 31 First Nations businesses have supplied to Inland Rail, with a total spend of:

  • $427.5 million with local businesses
  • $43.08 million with Indigenous businesses

*Employed for 26 weeks or more for a minimum of 15 hours a week

Inland Rail will:

Share the growing freight load

Australia’s population is predicted to reach between 37.4 and 49.2 million people by 2066¹. We need a reliable and efficient rail network to meet our increasing freight needs and take the load off our already congested roads. Inland Rail will future-proof Australia’s freight network for generations to come.

¹ ABS Data 2023

Provide better access to and from our regional markets

Inland Rail will better link producers, manufacturers and businesses to national and global markets. A large share of the freight carried on Inland Rail will be for domestic use including food, white goods, medical supplies, and industrial equipment.

Offer better transit time and reliability

Inland Rail will cut rail freight travel time between Melbourne and Brisbane by almost a third, from 33 hours to less than 24 hours, making it competitive with road.

Move significantly higher volumes of freight

With 1,800m long doubled-stacked trains travelling at speeds of up to 115km/h, each train using Inland Rail will be able to carry the equivalent freight volume of 110 B-double trucks.

Create jobs

Inland Rail is delivering widespread and long-term benefits to Australia, especially for local communities, job seekers and businesses. Construction to-date has generated more than 4,500 jobs for local and First Nations people.

Boost the Australian economy

Inland Rail’s awarded more than $3.7 billion in contracts and injected more than $424m of spending into regional economies since the project began.

Improve road safety

Inland Rail will reduce the burden on large B-double trucks to do the heavy lifting of transporting goods around the country. Truck volumes will be reduced in our regional towns and congestion will ease on some of Australia’s busiest highways.

Lower emissions

Moving freight by rail is 16 times more fuel efficient than moving freight by road. This modal shift will reduce the carbon emissions of Australia’s freight industry.

Future-proof our freight network

Once operational, Inland Rail will enhance network resilience as an additional freight route to the Brisbane to Sydney coastal line that traverses through Sydney. Inland Rail is already improving freight connections with Adelaide and Perth via the now-operational North-West Connection at Parkes.

Increase supply chain resilience

The impact of adverse weather events on communities has highlighted how critically important a reliable freight network is to the everyday lives of Australians and reinforces the need for Inland Rail to better connect our regions and major cities.

Reduce costs and improve reliability

Inland Rail will enable faster, safer, more reliable delivery of freight and reduce supply chain costs.