My point also addressed the existing network which is available in the MIA however it could be expanded to deal with the discussions over cotton traffic to Melbourne. There is also a need outside of Inland Rail (if the project bypasses the MIA) to reinvigorate the existing networks to cater for demand.
It is a shame in this day and age of renewable energy pushes the inland route is not being electrified to worlds standards like most other countries. All that cheap power from the hydro electric scheme.
What is needed for any of the needs to be met is pretty simple & that is the business community to hit the air waves & every other means of making a noise, to say that they want rail access in the region, & the want it as they want to use it. Sadly the combined Council powers along with Businesses who put their names up to support the reopening of the Harden - Blayney line seems to have fallen on deaf ears in the governments.
There was discussion on the thread here https://www.railpage.com.au/f-po-quote-1982130.htm
about how the area around Narranderra has huge potential, thus all of what is said there & the various stories that started that thread & this one shows what traffic is available to rail, therefore to have any hope even with the shouting & publicity I mention above is to have a freight company prepared to put their hand up to say they will haul it.
At the moment, I do not see any of the private operators really interested in anything more than they are doing now.
If there was that much traffic say out of even Shepperton, faced with the amount of track rebuilding through the Riverina to connect with the Inland rail somewhere in NSW & likely have to be somewhere on the Coota - Parkes section anyway, it would likely be a heck of a lot cheaper to build a line to Albury & connect from there, likewise any from the Griffith = Leeton area can come across to Junee to connect.