Inland Rail major technical services tender now open

Media Release

WT351/2015

31 October 2015

The Australian Government's iconic Inland Rail project is gathering momentum with the major technical advisory tender advertised nationally today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Technical and Engineering Advisory Services tender is a vital link in delivering the project and shows the Government is well and truly on track.

“Inland Rail is now very much in the planning and environmental approvals phase,” Mr Truss said.

“The company that is chosen to deliver Technical Advisory and Engineering Services for Inland Rail will provide a team of experts to guide the engineering requirements for the project.

“This will allow the Australian Rail Track Corporation to get on with the job that I've charged them with—getting Inland Rail shovel ready.

“A tender briefing will be held in Brisbane on Friday 13 November 2015 to give prospective applicants the opportunity to ask questions of the Inland Rail team.

“The freight corridor from Melbourne to Brisbane is vital to our national economy. It already generates commodity exports worth more than $260 billion each year. Freight movements along this corridor will treble over the next two decades.

“Inland rail will connect south east Queensland directly by rail to Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth avoiding the need for freight to move through the congested Sydney network. It will reduce the distance between Melbourne and Brisbane by 200 km and carve 500 km from the Brisbane to Perth trip.

“Inland Rail will complement existing road and rail networks and dramatically boost productivity. Initially, it will provide for 1,800 metre long trains carrying double-stacked containers, and, in the longer term, much heavier 3,600 metre long trains.

“The new freight line will reduce transit time between Melbourne and Brisbane by more than 10 hours—cutting the journey to less than a day. It will remove 200,000 trucks, or 5.4 billion net tonne kilometres of freight, from roads each year and add $22.5 billion to the Australian economy.

“The project itself will create up to 16,000 direct jobs during a 10-year construction period and a regular 600 jobs once operational.”

Mr Truss added that today's advertisements for the Technical Advisory and Engineering Services tender comes as Infrastructure Australia considers the Inland Rail Business Case, which will, in turn, inform future construction funding.

“Inland Rail is a game-changer for Australia, with regional Australia's growth, productivity and prosperity at its core,” he said.

“Inland Rail will boost regional economic growth and drive national productivity, connecting key production areas in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria with export ports across the country in the most efficient way possible.”

More information on Inland Rail can be found at https://infrastructure.gov.au/rail/inland/