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The first segment of the massive Inland Rail project will be completed on Tuesday, with trains set to roll on the Parkes-Narromine section of track later this year.
A ceremonial golden rail clip will become the last of 365,000 clips installed on the initial section of the 1,700km Melbourne to Brisbane railway.
The Parkes-Narromine section of the Inland Rail project saw almost $110 million spent with local businesses, creating jobs for 762 Parkes residents.
More than 1,800 people worked on the first segment of the massive project, which was first announced in the 2017-18 budget.
The track has been built with 365,000 rail clips from Blacktown, 200,000 concrete sleepers from Mittagong, and 800,000 tonnes of ballast and capping from Parkes-based companies.
The inland rail from Melbourne to Sydney being built. Picture: Supplied
Part of the completed track. Picture: Supplied“Inland Rail is an investment in Australia – in our economy, in our regions and in the capacity of our future freight network,” Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said.
“The corridor of commerce we are building with Inland Rail stretches 1,700km from Melbourne to Brisbane – we are turning steel into stimulus as we lay the tracks that will deliver jobs and opportunity.”
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the Inland Rail project will provide “cheaper, safer and more reliable” freight than road.
“Not only will Inland Rail deliver a long-term freight solution for Australia to meet the needs of our growing population – it is also a critical investment supporting an efficient Australian economy,” he said.
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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