On 28 November 2013, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss MP, committed the Australian Government to fast-tracking the delivery of a Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Railway.
An Implementation Group was established by the Deputy Prime Minister to lead the development of a 10-year delivery programme for Inland Rail by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and prepare the business case. Responsibilities included settling the alignment, determining construction priorities, commencing pre-construction and monitoring the development of the programme. The Deputy Prime Minister also requested that a dedicated freight route connecting the interstate line with the Port of Brisbane be examined. The Implementation Group is chaired by former Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon John Anderson AO.
This report of the Implementation Group responds to the Australian Government’s request. It sets out a strategic analysis of the need for Inland Rail as one potential solution to the future freight task along the Melbourne–Brisbane corridor and includes the main features of a business case for Inland Rail developed during 2014 and 2015 by ARTC. The report also provides Government with recommendations on the delivery of Inland Rail. The report should be read in conjunction with ARTC’s 2015 Inland Rail Programme Business Case, which is attached.