Every industry in one way or another relies on freight movement.
It’s predicted by 2031 freight volumes in NSW will double to 794 million tonnes.
That means future planning now is essential.
This state moves over $200 billion worth of freight product. And this freight industry is worth $66 billion a year for NSW.
Every day there are around 400,000 heavy vehicles using our network, keeping our country connected as we produce, consume and transport more goods.
We transport 190 million tonnes of coal, 60 million tonnes of construction material, 20 million tonnes of retail goods, 11.2 million tonnes of fuel and 19 million tonnes of grain annually.
The freight industry is one of our most important industries in the state. Industry has been a significant contributor to ensuring this project is delivered.
It’s why we’re investing in Inland rail.
A spinal cord that will create a rail linkage between Parkes in New South Wales and Brisbane, providing a connection between Queensland and the southern and western States.
A project that is expected to increase Australia’s GDP by $16 billion during its construction and first 50 years of operation. It’s a project that will facilitate private investment.
At the peak of construction it will deliver 16,000 new jobs at the peak of construction, and an average of 700 additional jobs per year over the entire period.
And these jobs will be felt on the ground in regional NSW, in places like Narrabri, Parkes and Forbes.
It will make it easier for freight to move from farms, mines and ports to national and overseas markets.
Two million tonnes of agricultural freight will switch from road to rail, with a total of 8.9 million tonnes of agricultural freight more efficiently diverted to Inland Rail.
Rail costs for intercapital freight travelling between Melbourne and Brisbane will be reduced by $10 per tonne. That’s $10 back into the pockets of our farmers and consumers.
Inland Rail offers less than 24 hour transit time between Melbourne and Brisbane terminals and 98 per cent reliability matching current road levels.
This project means the rail distance between Melbourne and Brisbane is reduced by 200km and the distance between Brisbane and Perth and Brisbane and Adelaide is reduced by 500km.
Every freight movement eliminates the need for 110 long-haul truck trips and we’ve predicted that each year, there will be around 15 fewer serious crashes, avoiding fatalities and serious injuries.
This rail line is a spinal cord which will only help to strengthen NSW into the future.