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Inland Rail CEO discusses ‘transformative rail mega-project’

The Inland Rail leader has referenced past major rail projects and their ongoing benefits as examples of what the Inland Rail will become

Inland Rail CEO Nick Miller has told attendees at the Roads Australia Leaders’ Lunch in Sydney this week that the Inland Rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane will be a “transformative, nation-building project” that will bring benefits worth the wait.

Miller compared the project to previous major national rail projects in Australian history such as the standard gauge line from Alice Springs to Darwin.

Six months into his role at the helm of Inland Rail, Miller says the project continues to make strong progress on the ground, with constructing progressing well in Victoria and NSW while planning approvals have moved forward in Queensland.

“I have now completed my first six months as CEO at Inland Rail and am pleased to say that we are making strong progress on the ground, construction is going well in Victoria and New South Wales and planning approvals are moving forward in Queensland,” Miller says.

“Throughout Australian history, from the Adelaide-Darwin rail corridor to the Trans Australian Railway from Port Augusta to Kalgoorlie, we have seen that major national rail projects take time to deliver but become extremely valuable pieces of infrastructure when completed.

“Inland Rail is a similar, transformative, nation-building project, delivering it is not easy, but it will absolutely be worth the wait when we finally complete that Inland Rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane.”

Miller says that shifting more goods on rail will mean faster and more reliable freight, less congested roads and fewer emissions, with Inland Rail taking tens of thousands of trucks off the road each year.

“Inland Rail will enhance our national freight and supply chain capabilities, connecting existing freight routes through rail, roads and ports, and supporting Australia’s growth,” Miller says.

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