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All aboard Inland rail

  • All aboard Inland rail

Melbourne to Brisbane rail link a step closer

A major funding boost has been announced to improve the North East rail line.

Deputy PM Michael McCormack announced that the Federal Government had signed an agreement with the Andrew's Government, to further advance the Inland Rail Project.

On completion, the Inland Rail Project will create a direct rail freight connection between Melbourne and Brisbane capable of moving double stacked freight containers.

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The extra money also means the track will be able to take VLocity trains, which will mean newer carriages.

These upgrades will also enable faster running times for the twice-daily service between Sydney and
Melbourne.

Other improvements as part of the North-East Corridor Upgrade include funding to plan the Shepparton freight network upgrade.

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According to Jaclyn Symes, Member for Northern Victoria, The $1.57 billion Regional Rail Revival program will also create more than 1,000 jobs across the state, boost local economies and deliver opportunities for suppliers.