The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) welcomes the Commonwealth and the Victorian Government’s Bilateral Agreement today in relation to the Inland Rail project.

“This is much welcomed news to the rail industry that an agreement has been reached between the Commonwealth and Victorian Government’s showing their commitment to the Inland Rail project,” said Danny Broad, CEO, ARA.

“In Victoria alone the Inland Rail project will create 2,800 jobs at its peak and will reduce the transit time between Melbourne and Brisbane to under 24 hours carrying for the first time double-stacked, 1800m trains from Melbourne to Brisbane.

“The rail industry eagerly anticipates construction commencing this year so we can realise the benefits for the supply chain.

“Industry backs the route that has been determined, backed up by detailed studies and community engagement and we are committed to next steps.

“It’s the best balance between economic, community and environmental considerations.

“Inland Rail meets the requirements of the logistics industry’s supply chain demands for a road competitive freight link between Melbourne and Brisbane in under 24 hours.

“The ARA recognises and supports the ARTC’s efforts to work with landowners and communities along the alignment to deliver the Project.

“We are committed to the Inland Rail Project and are working with the Australian Logistics Council, with support from the ARTC and Parkes Shire in delivering the Inland Rail Conference on 18 and 19 July,” Danny Broad concluded.