The Railway-News Industry Insider for Week 8: All the latest rail messages, from the Trump administration`s plans to defund chSR to new locomotives for Poland. At the end of the Inland Rail Project, a direct rail freight link between Melbourne and Brisbane will be created, capable of moving doubly stacked freight containers. Inland Rail will provide nearly $7 billion in additional gross government revenue through construction and in the first 50 years of operation. Planning and defining the scope of work has already begun to ensure that these projects meet the transport needs of passengers and regional communities, and the Victorian and Australian authorities have come together for the first phase of the work, with some work already underway. "The shift from road to rail is essential for our freight transportation network to meet the needs of our growing population." As part of this agreement, we are working with the federal government on business cases for passenger rail transport from Salisbury to Beaudesert, Brisbane to Toowoomba and a special rail freight line to the port of Brisbane. Inland Rail aims to create a direct rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane, capable of carrying doubly stacked freight containers. The 1700km freight line will connect Melbourne and Brisbane through the Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland regional regions, but has sparked controversy in the Darling Downs, where Millmerran farmers fear the effects of washing the rail line via the Condamine Floodplain. The work will be provided as part of the Regional Rail Revival Program, which includes upgrades for each regional passenger line in Victoria. "It`s great to have the Queensland Government on board, which is now supporting our Interior Rail project.
This project will improve the national rail freight network by connecting municipalities, creating jobs, reducing supply chain costs and improving the competitiveness of the Australian economy. The Federal and Queensland Governments have taken the next step in the implementation of the Interior Rail Project and signed a bilateral agreement. Queensland`s Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, said the deal with the Australian government cemented the protection of the Queenslanders and would secure nearly $2 billion in joint funding for road and rail projects across the state. The Railway-News Industry Insider Week 49: All the main rail messages of the week of December 3-7, 2018 on rail vehicles, infrastructure and opinion. Richard Wankmuller, managing director of Inland Rail, said the signing of the bilateral agreement was an important step in the implementation of the project. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Transport Minister Mark Bailey signed the deal at Toowoomba City Hall, marking a big step forward for the $9.3 billion project already concluded with New South Wales and Victoria. . . .