The Inland Rail Interim Chief Executive says she is pushing governments to maximise the value of the milestone project
Inland Rail Interim Chief Executive Rebecca Pickering has told the Infrastructure Association of Queensland (IAQ) Infrastructure Assembly 2022 in Brisbane that the Inland Rail project will have immense benefits for the transport industry.
Pickering presented on National Infrastructure and the Supply Chain at the Assembly, looking at how the construction of the Inland Rail line will improve Australia’s supply chain reliability.
“Although Inland Rail will deliver great benefits, we can do more to maximize the value that it delivers as the project continues,” Pickering says.
“It’s already very promising to see governments investigating proposals for better connections to rate rail networks and road, and furthering studies on intermodal terminals that can unlock more value from the freight network.”
Pickering says the project will create a new reality for Australia by increasing the amount of rail on freight between Brisbane and Melbourne from 30 per cent to more than 60 per cent by 2050.
“To help a shift onto rail occur, freight customers want to see less vulnerability in rail infrastructure networks and Inland Rail provides a new, more resilient freight pathway, creating redundancy in the network to improve overall reliability of the system,” Pickering says.
“That shift to rail will help to reduce carbon emissions and will give us safer and less congested roads.
“Inland Rail will play a critical part in helping to deliver the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy and the National Action Plan that sets an agenda for coordinated and well-planned government and industry action across all freight modes over the next 20 years and beyond.
“In terms of the downstream supply chain, Inland Rail is ensuring full compliance with the Australian Industry Participation Plan and is working with contractors to enhance downstream supply chain capability and capacity.”