Inland Rail: Opening doors to the global market

Tuesday 26 February 2019

Designed to connect regional Australia to domestic and international markets, Inland Rail will transform the way freight is moved around the country.

The network is expected to be a game changer for logistics, job creation and the overall economy.

The $8.4 billion project to be delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) on behalf of the Australian Government will see 1,700km of rail line connecting Melbourne and Brisbane become the critical backbone of transport and logistics across the country.

The existing rail track through Albury Wodonga will be upgraded to increase height clearance and accommodate double stacking in the future. This upgrade will allow freight trains of 1,800 metres in length to travel up to 115km/h.

The Inland Rail Project team has already commenced planning for the Albury to Illabo section of the line with construction scheduled to start in 2020. It is expected that the Albury Wodonga regional section of the project will be complete by 2024-2025.

What Inland Rail will mean for your business

Inland Rail will significantly reduce freight transport costs for industries and become a catalyst for the growth of regional businesses. Highlights include:

  • Increased connectivity – connecting our region to domestic and global markets, including emerging Asian markets.
  • More competitive pricing – rail costs for freight travelling between Melbourne and Brisbane will be reduced by $10 per tonne.
  • Reduced transit time – less than 24-hour transit time from Melbourne to Brisbane terminals with 98% reliability.
  • Increased flexibility for faster and slower services.

If you would like to provide input on the proposed work, please contact the ARTC on 1800 732 761 or

For more information on the Inland Rail project, visit the ARTC here.