Works to Start on Inland Rail Future-Proofing
Moree Plains Shire Council welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement that two new railway bridges will be constructed in regional NSW, to meet the load specifications required to support delivery of the Inland Rail project when construction on the nation building project begins.
“This announcement is further evidence that we are making progress in the construction of Inland Rail,” said Mayor, Cr Katrina Humphries.
The $1.3 million project will see two timber bridges replaced by reinforced concrete culvert structures designed and built to Inland Rail engineering specifications.
“Confirmation that two new bridges are to be constructed between Parkes and Narromine shows that the Federal Government is essentially future-proofing sections of the existing rail track to accommodate longer, heavier and more efficient trains.
Moree Plains is a regional transport hub for northwest NSW ideally located in the heart of Australia’s most productive agricultural area. Given the significant freight demands of the Shire as well as being strategically placed on a major freight corridor, Moree Plains Shire Council continues to advocate for the construction of Inland Rail.
Mayor Humphries considers that a port-to-port rail freight link from Melbourne to Brisbane should form the backbone for development of a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy. As well as the obvious benefits to the ports in those two cities, there are substantial economic benefits to be realised in key regional centres along the route, such as Parkes, Moree and Toowoomba.
“Inland Rail will play a critical part in achieving that objective by allowing more efficient movement of freight, reducing congestion on our key road transport corridors, and creating employment opportunities in regional Victoria, NSW and Queensland.”
Mayor Humphries believes that the time is now for the Federal Government to demonstrate a commitment and funds to commence construction of the Inland Rail, the ‘Corridor of Opportunity’."