Melbourne-Brisbane Inland Rail Project Is On The Wrong Track

Melbourne-Brisbane Inland Rail Project Is On The Wrong Track

Queensland Minister for State Development Anthony Lynham

Inland Rail On-Track To Bring Jobs To South East Qld

Victor P Taffa

Third Queensland stage of the $10.9 Billion Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Project has been declared a coordinated project by the state’s independent Coordinator-General.

State Development Minister Dr. Anthony Lynham said the $1.2 Billion section covering 53 km from Calvert to Kagaru would now require an environmental impact statement to be prepared.

“This section could create up to 1,600 jobs during its 4-year construction phase starting in 2020 and 700 jobs during operation for the entire program.” Dr. Lynham said.

“This section of the project consists of a new single-track dual-gauge line, including approximately 1.1 km of tunnels through the Teviot Range at Woolooman.”

Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is delivering the 10-year freight program, which will carry 50 intermodal round trips between Melbourne and Brisbane each week by 2050.

Dr. Lynham said the Inland Rail Project has 13 separate projects, 5 in Queensland, each of which can be independently connected to the rail network.

“Proposed route will run through regional Victoria and central-west New South Wales, crossing the border into Queensland near Yelarbon, where another 5 sections take it to Acacia Ridge.” Dr. Lynham said.

“Proponent has advised that the whole program is predicted to reduce rail freight times from Melbourne to Brisbane via Sydney by 6 hours, as well as reducing the freight task’s carbon footprint by 750,000 tonnes per year.

“This project could be a real boon to Queensland industry, for both growers and manufacturers.”

“However this section will require rigorous planning and engineering to address the potential impacts on the rural community and small farms including minimising flooding impacts on properties along the alignment.”

Dr. Lynham said the next step would be for the Coordinator-General to release the draft terms of reference for the environmental impact statement and seek public comment.

QLD Minister for State Development Anthony Lynham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melbourne-Brisbane Inland Rail Project

Melbourne-Brisbane Inland Rail Project ignores Australia’s biggest market which by-passes Sydney just to suit Truck Companies and Airlines.

Moorebank in Sydney will have a major rail and road freight terminal that connects with Port Botany in New South Wales.

However High Speed Rail and Freight can operate on the same 4 Track corridor with 8 Foot High Walls that eliminates overhead wire Power Stanchions and Signalling Pillars ensuring maximum safety and elimination of Level Crossings.

In having a 4 Track High Speed Rail and Freight corridor on 85% of existing corridors the project pays for itself saving every State and Territory billions of dollars over many years.

Melbourne-Brisbane Inland Rail Project is a short sighted, ill conceived idea and is not in the National interest.