The Inland Rail study corridor has been informed by years of research and analysis including into the environmental, safety and community impacts of the route.

A number of studies have informed the corridor including the:

  • 2006 – North – South Rail Study
  • 2010 – Melbourne-Brisbane Inland Rail Alignment Study that examined the optimum alignment, economic benefits and commerciality of a Melbourne to Brisbane railway.
  • 2015 – Inland Rail Implementation Group Report and associated program Business Case which outlined a 10-year delivery schedule for Inland Rail and endorsed a ‘base case’ corridor (refined from the 2010 Alignment Study).

In addition to the studies and in consultation with the community, a number of sections underwent multi-criteria analysis to compare corridor options, examining environmental impacts, community and property impacts, technical viability, safety assessment, operational approach, constructability and schedule, approvals and stakeholder engagement. The results of these multi-criteria analyses, along with financial information, informed these corridors.

Decisions about the corridor for the entire Inland Rail program were driven by a service offering developed with industry to meet its long-term needs.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation also completed a rigorous and extensive Business Case for Inland Rail. This document is the detailed assessment of why Inland Rail is needed and how it can be delivered.

For more information on ARTC and the construction of Inland Rail visit inlandrail.artc.com.au.