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Inland Rail Agreement

In Uncategorized on 11/12/2020 at 02:33

The preferred corridor runs along the disused railway corridor to Boggabilla and crosses the Macintyre River before heading to the South West Railway line. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and National Transport Minister Mark Bailey signed the agreement at Toowoomba City Hall, signaling a major step forward for the $9.3 billion project that has already reached agreements with New South Wales and Victoria. Inland Rail is a 1,700 km freight line under construction that will connect Melbourne in Victoria to Brisbane in Queensland via New South Wales. Construction began in 2018 and the scheduled opening date is 2025. On the Inland Rail line, 30 per cent will be new, while 70 per cent will re-evaluate existing rail infrastructure. Inland Rail is a standard railway. Queensland currently operates a 1,067 mm narrow-track network, which has caused a lane break at the Queensland-NSW border. After operation, freight trains between Melbourne and Brisbane can run in less than 24 hours. Freight trains will be doubly stacked and 1,800 m long. The Albury section to Illabo (A2I) provides for the modernization of the 185-kilometre rail corridor from Albury to the Victoria-NSW border at Illabo for the operation of 1,800 metres of double trains. In October 2019, expressions of interest were made for the Main Construction Contract (SP1), which includes work on the ARTC`s existing rail corridor. The EOIs closed their doors on November 1.

On December 3, 2019, the ARTC announced a list of three: the NSW-QLD Border to Gowrie (B2G) section will connect the inland rail to approximately 146 kilometres of new two-lane track and 78 kilometres of road developed between Yelarbon and Gowrie Junction northwest of Toowoomba. In September 2017, the federal government announced that the preferred corridor for the B2G section was a line through Pittsworth, Brookstead and the Wellcamp-Charlton Industrial Area. Four possible routes were considered, including: the federal government and the Queensland government took the next step in the implementation of the Inland Rail project and signed a bilateral agreement. Inland Rail aims to create a direct rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane, capable of transporting doubly stacked cargo containers. The Stockinbingal to Parkes (S2P) section includes the development of 173 kilometres of existing rail corridors to allow double-decker trains up to 1.8 kilometres in length to operate on the route.