Country Lines Improvement Program (CLIP)
The aim of the Country Lines Improvement Program (CLIP) is to propose improvements to country lines that intersect with Inland Rail, with a view to potentially accommodating longer, heavier and faster trains.
The Australian Government has so far announced 9 proposals that are being developed through the CLIP program.
CLIP project proposals were assessed against their contribution to meeting the following principles:
- Increase Inland Rail throughput, helping to maximise the benefits realised through the project, drive modal shift from road to rail and safeguard the Commonwealth’s substantial equity investment.
- Deliver cost-effective improvements to freight movements through strategic investment, based on independent technical advice and in consultation with state governments and track managers.
- Support regional economic growth by funding the development of local infrastructure that increases the competitiveness of regional economies and supply chains.
- Support partnerships between Commonwealth and state governments with local government and industry, and include as appropriate shared funding responsibilities, appropriate risk allocation and improved data sharing.
- Improve safety for road users through increased use of rail to move freight.
- Support National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities, enabling productivity improvements of Inland Rail-connected country rail services through standardised train fleets, harmonisation of below-rail maintenance initiatives, and the use of longer and heavier trains that take advantage of economies of scale opportunities.