Joint Media Release

Market testing for private sector involvement in Inland Rail begins

MC 44/16

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for Western Australia

The Hon. Darren Chester MP
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

16 September 2016

The Government is now inviting the private sector to register its interest in the design, construction, delivery and financing of the Inland Rail project. 

Private sector involvement in the delivery of Inland Rail will be in partnership with Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). 

ARTC is concurrently seeking expressions of interest for technical engineering and environmental approval services for the project. 

ARTC will undertake robust wide-ranging public consultation and engagement throughout the market testing process. 

This is the crucial next phase in ensuring Inland Rail is construction ready. 

The Inland Rail project has the potential to deliver real benefits to our farmers, primary producers and manufacturers. The project will provide a high performance and direct interstate rail corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane, enabling freight operators to avoid the congested Sydney network and get goods to market quickly. 

Further information on the market testing process, including the Terms of Reference, are available at www.finance.gov.au/market-testing/Inland-Rail/

Further information on the ARTC Expressions of Interests process can be found at www.tenderlink.com/inlandrail.

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Media Contact(s): 

For Minister Cormann - Karen Wu - 0428 350 139
For Minister Chester - Kate Barwick - 0408 072 809

Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance, Perth