Inland Rail is starting to run into trouble at the Queensland border - the lack of committment or interest from the Queensland State Government and NIMBY-ism is starting to hurt...
That lack of commitment from the state labor government isn't a new development.
I noticed in the lead up to the may 2019 federal election that the Queensland government was slowing the approval process down so as to avoid signing off on anything before polling day.
This along with their sudden enthusiasm for the long delayed tunnel lowering project on the existing range crossing led me to suspect that an incoming Labor government would terminate the project at Gowrie.
They would argue shuttle trains to the port on the existing alignment would be fine instead of the billions required to continue the standard guage to Acacia Ridge.
In reality of course most of the boxes would just finish their journey on a truck traversing the new second range crossing.
The money saved (along with the also cancelled Brisbane metro project) would have been used to fund the cross river rail project.
Alas Labor wasn't elected despite strong expectations so I'll never know if I guessed right.