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Inland Rail

Current status

The NSW Government is working with the Australian Government on taking forward the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project.


The Inland Rail is being delivered by the Australian Government to support the projected national growth in freight over the next several decades. As part of the project, the NSW Government participated on the Inland Rail Implementation Group led by former Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson, AO which delivered the Inland Rail Implementation Group Report to the Australian Government and ARTC 2015 Inland Rail Programme Business Case in September 2015.

You can view these documents and a route map at: Australian Rail Track Corporation

The Inland Rail will provide an enhanced link between Queensland and Southern Australia, including Adelaide and Perth (via Parkes), and enable freight travelling from Brisbane to Melbourne to bypass the busy Sydney network.

The planned route is about 1,700 kilometres between Melbourne and Brisbane of which 1,047 kilometres is in NSW. It will require 475 kilometres of upgrades to existing tracks and 399 kilometres of new tracks in NSW.

In NSW, construction of the Inland Rail will involve:

  • 37km of new track from Illabo to Stockinbingal
  • 107km of updgraded track from Parkes to Narromine
  • 307 km of new track from Narromine to Narrabri
  • 183km of upgraded track and 3km of new track from Narrabri to North Star
  • 52km of new track from North Star to the NSW/Queensland border.

The Inland Rail is being constructed and delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation.

Find out more from: Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Find out more from: Australian Rail Track Corporation