Ground-breaking rail agreement signed in Australia
The most significant freight infrastructure project in Australia’s history has taken a major step forward with the Australian and Queensland Governments signing a ground-breaking Bilateral Agreement to deliver Inland Rail project.
Inland Rail is a programme of infrastructure works that will deliver a new 1,710km freight railway between Tottenham in Victoria and Acacia Ridge in Queensland, linking two of the biggest cities in the country, Melbourne and Brisbane, and crossing three states.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Minister Mark Bailey signed the agreement on behalf of their respective governments at a ceremony held on Friday 29 November 2019. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Bilateral Agreement would ensure Queensland’s future growth is supported by a robust freight rail network capable of servicing the long-term liveability and productivity of Queensland’s regions, towns and cities.
“The Bilateral Agreement signed today is backed by the Federal Government’s AUD 9.3 billion (USD 6.28 billion) commitment to deliver Inland Rail and is part of the broader AUD 25 billion (USD 16.89 billion) commitment we’ve made to road and rail projects across Queensland since coming to Government in 2013,” Mr McCormack said.