First Brisbane-to-Melbourne Rail tenders
Australia's iconic Brisbane-to-Melbourne Inland Rail project will receive $300 million with the first round of open tenders advertised 7 March 2015.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the tenders are for engineering design and environmental services.
“Inland Rail is a game-changer. It is vital infrastructure that will boost capacity and productivity along the country's fastest growth freight corridor. It is a critical investment in jobs, growth and future prosperity, as well as a boost for the regional areas along, and around, its route,” he said.
“It will transform freight movements through south east Queensland, across regional New South Wales and rural Victoria, linking with the existing national network to move produce around the nation more efficiently.
“We know Australia's freight task will double by 2030 and triple along the eastern seaboard. Inland Rail will connect key production areas in Queensland, NSW and Victoria with export ports in Brisbane and Melbourne, with linkages to Sydney and Perth, boosting regional economic growth and driving national productivity.
“These first tenders will help develop planning for some of the key segments of the Parkes to Narromine and Narrabri to North Star sections.
“I have charged the Australian Rail Track Corporation with developing a 10-year delivery plan for Inland Rail and appointed former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson to head the Inland Rail Implementation Group, to oversee that work.
“When complete, Inland Rail will deliver a road-competitive freight rail service from Melbourne to Brisbane via regional hubs in three states that will make a huge contribution to meeting Australia's freight challenge,” he said.
6 March 2015.