Inland Railway - Construction Phase

 
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
One thing that I have discovered that is not being made with big fanfare is the fact that the Newell Hwy has been receiving funds to upgrade it in direct competition to Inland Rail. They are currently building a bypass around Parkes and Coonabarabran. They finished the Moree bypass a couple of years ago, and are looking at Narrabri and Wyalong/West Wyalong, then Dubbo.
Jack Le Lievre
The original IR business case has a graph in it showing the growth on the corridor, and the mode shares.  Essentially the inland is modelled to take all the new growth but existing traffic levels will remain.  So bypasses etc are probably still needed.

Plus theyre good vote winners in the country...

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  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Inland Rail just got another $5.5b from McCormick. https://t.co/1wnd4Gz16U?amp=1

He is certainly and thankfully handing out the dollars for rail today.
I suspect this is just the budget allocation being formalised.  Its an announcement of decisions made years ago.

Being touted as enhancements over presumably the initial scope.
bevans
I might need to go find an old hat of mine and begin basting it.  Im seeing comments in the Courier Mail that indicate that this is indeed a cost increase/blowout....  Need to get to the office to get behind the paywall though.
  Lockspike Deputy Commissioner

One thing that I have discovered that is not being made with big fanfare is the fact that the Newell Hwy has been receiving funds to upgrade it in direct competition to Inland Rail. They are currently building a bypass around Parkes and Coonabarabran. They finished the Moree bypass a couple of years ago, and are looking at Narrabri and Wyalong/West Wyalong, then Dubbo.
Jack Le Lievre
I seem to recall John Howard justifying Inland Rail (long before it had such a name) as he could see that without it the Goulburn Valley, Newell & Gore/Cunningham Hwys would have to be rebuilt in similar manner as the Hume and Pacific Hwys. The shame of it is that the rail project is taking so long that at least some hwy upgrades are necessary in the meantime.
  420renegade Station Staff

The 5.5 billion is not a gift its a loan that has to be repaid by artc
its just a financial transaction who knows where the money is borrowed from
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
One thing that I have discovered that is not being made with big fanfare is the fact that the Newell Hwy has been receiving funds to upgrade it in direct competition to Inland Rail. They are currently building a bypass around Parkes and Coonabarabran. They finished the Moree bypass a couple of years ago, and are looking at Narrabri and Wyalong/West Wyalong, then Dubbo.
I seem to recall John Howard justifying Inland Rail (long before it had such a name) as he could see that without it the Goulburn Valley, Newell & Gore/Cunningham Hwys would have to be rebuilt in similar manner as the Hume and Pacific Hwys. The shame of it is that the rail project is taking so long that at least some hwy upgrades are necessary in the meantime.
Lockspike
Inland rail concept got serious back in the 90's when National Rail was created and the federal government rediscovered rail investment. Back then it was being promoted as the Inland Rail Expressway.
  bevans Site Admin
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
This has just arrived into the RP news inbox

https://Railpage.com.au/news/s/-father-of-inland-rail-everald-compton-calls-for-australian-rail-track-corporation-to-be-sacked
bevans
Reality check, it's a rail freight project! This was always going to be done on the cheap and dragging it out doesn't help. Delivery and budget decisions rest with Canberra. Cross city tunnels and highway upgrades are far more sexy.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Could be over before it begins if you consider this: https://t.co/iRdkqNxbes?amp=1
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Could be over before it begins if you consider this: https://t.co/iRdkqNxbes?amp=1
bevans
Crazy enough to be true.
Who would be behind such a plan and who would benefit here in Oz (as distinct from in China)?
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
I am glad that the government has seen fit to expedite the building of Inland Rail. So, much so that it will take ARTC two and a half years to build 52km of track between Milguy and North Star.

https://extranet.artc.com.au/docman/DocManFiles/DocTypes/TAA/Files/0017-2021.PDF?806561025
  Fatty Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
I am glad that the government has seen fit to expedite the building of Inland Rail. So, much so that it will take ARTC two and a half years to build 52km of track between Milguy and North Star.

https://extranet.artc.com.au/docman/DocManFiles/DocTypes/TAA/Files/0017-2021.PDF?806561025
Jack Le Lievre
It's taken almost that long for a couple of kms of track at Ettamogah so that seems pretty quick in comparison.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I am glad that the government has seen fit to expedite the building of Inland Rail. So, much so that it will take ARTC two and a half years to build 52km of track between Milguy and North Star.

https://extranet.artc.com.au/docman/DocManFiles/DocTypes/TAA/Files/0017-2021.PDF?806561025
It's taken almost that long for a couple of kms of track at Ettamogah so that seems pretty quick in comparison.
Fatty
The 1,051 miles (1,691 km) Port Augusta - Kalgoorlie Trans line only took 5 years despite the harsh conditions, the isolation and WW 1.

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