The Inland Rail Solution

The new Melbourne to Brisbane freight line will immensely improve freight efficiencies in Australia.

The Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail line will transform freight movement in Australia and create outstanding investment opportunities in Parkes.

Already a major transport centre, Parkes is capitalising on its potential to become a national transport node for the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail line.

At the crossroads of a nation

Due to its strategic location at the intersection of the Newell Highway in NSW and the rail corridor that links Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth, as well as Adelaide and Darwin, Parkes will play a critical role in the 1,700 kilometre freight rail system.

Over 80 per cent of Australia’s population can be reached in less than 12 hours by road from Parkes – a valuable competitive advantage for companies that develop logistics, distribution and manufacturing operations in the town.

“Inland Rail will be a catalyst to change freight movement in Australia. Parkes is at the centre of that change and represents a significant opportunity for business to take advantage of improvements in freight efficiency.”

~ Parkes Shire Council Mayor Ken Keith, OAM.

The Business Case

The Federal Government committed nearly $900 million to the Inland Rail project in 2015 and tasked the Australian Rail Track Corporation with developing a business case and 10-year delivery plan. The Business Case was handed to Government in 2016 and included the following benefits;

Strong benefit to cost ratio

While the cost to build Inland Rail is estimated at $10 billion over ten years, the long-term benefit to Australia is an economic benefit cost ratio of 2.62.

Boosts the Australian economy

Inland Rail is expected to increase Australia’s GDP by $16 billion during its construction and first 50 years of operation.

Creates Jobs

It’s expected to deliver 16,000 new jobs at the peak of construction, and an average of 700 additional jobs per year over the entire period.

Improves connections within the National Freight Network

Inland Rail enhances the National Land Transport Network by creating a rail linkage between Parkes in New South Wales and Brisbane, providing a connection between Queensland and the southern and western States.

Better access to and from our regional markets

It will make it easier for freight to move from farms, mines and ports to national and overseas markets. Two million tonnes of agricultural freight will switch from road to rail, with a total of 8.9 million tonnes of agricultural freight more efficiently diverted to Inland Rail.

Reduces costs for the market

Rail costs for inter-capital freight travelling between Melbourne and Brisbane will be reduced by $10 per tonne.

Better transit time and reliability

Inland Rail offers less than 24 hour transit time between Melbourne and Brisbane terminals and 98 per cent reliability matching current road levels.

Increases capacity of the transport network

Inland Rail will increase capacity for freight and passenger services by reducing congestion along the busy coastal route and allow for growth in passenger services particularly in the Sydney region.

Reduces distances travelled

With Inland Rail, the rail distance between Melbourne and Brisbane is reduced by 200km and the distance between Brisbane and Perth and Brisbane and Adelaide is reduced by 500km.

Improves road safety

Each year, there will be up to 15 fewer serious crashes, avoiding fatalities and serious injuries.

Hub of opportunity

Parkes is moving quickly to capitalise on the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland rail. The Parkes National Logistics Hub, the largest greenfield intermodal site in NSW, is one of Australia’s most promising industrial developments and a project of strategic importance to the freight industry.

“Parkes Shire Council is a progressive and innovative organisation that embraces new ideas and has adopted a philosophy of continuous improvement. We are not experts in transport, logistics or manufacturing, but we are experts in collaboration, advocacy and facilitation. Our aim is to connect businesses with opportunity.”

To discuss the opportunity that Parkes National Logistics Hub may add to your business please contact Council's Economic and Business development Manager, Anna Wyllie.