Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has welcomed two stages of the Inland Rail project being declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure.
Mr Chester said the Parkes to Narromine and Narrabri to North Star sections of the Inland Rail were declared essential to New South Wales based on economic, social and environmental reasons.
“This announcement is a reflection of why the Australian Government is committed to the delivery of the Inland Rail project,” Mr Chester said.
“It will support thousands of jobs during construction and improve access to domestic and international markets.”
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said Inland Rail would benefit the state through improved reliability of freight rail transport, improved service standards and lower freight costs.
“Truck volumes and road congestion on some of the state’s busiest highways, including the Newell, will also be reduced which will also lead to improved road safety,” Mr Coulton said.
“We’ll also see a real boost in opportunities for businesses throughout regional New South Wales, with western New South Wales set to be a real winner in terms of economic spinoffs, which is great news in terms of local jobs growth.
“I am delighted this announcement has been made. It sets the stage for further activity, with work expected to start in the New Year on the Parkes to Narromine section of the project, and planning work for the Narrabri to North Star section of the line progressing well.”
Source: Australian Government