The Australian Government has committed $44 million to an Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program to maximise connections to the national freight rail network – integrating regional lines and connecting local communities to the benefits that flow from Inland Rail.
Strategic business cases will identify opportunities to support more productive rail-based supply chains at major regional centres and help to build capacity on key country rail lines along the Inland Rail corridor.
Under the two-year Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program:
- A $20.0 million Inland Rail Productivity Enhancement Program will develop strategic business cases and pre-feasibility studies to target the interface between industry and Inland Rail, through the removal of logistical bottlenecks at major regional centres along the Inland Rail corridor.
- A $24.0 million Inland Rail Country Lines Improvement Program will develop strategic business cases related to country rail lines that intersect with Inland Rail to better align their performance standards with the national capability of Inland Rail.
Development of the strategic business cases will require support from the relevant state governments, relevant private companies, strong local industry expertise and community input.
With the support of our existing network of Inland Rail Regional Offices, the Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program will enhance the capacity of regional communities to identify, plan and capture the long-term benefits of Inland Rail.