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Australia completes first section of Inland Rail project

Australia's Government completed (15-Sep-2020) construction works on the first section of the Inland Rail project. The Parkes-Narromine section is part of a federal programme to connect Melbourne and Brisbane via a 1,700km regional railway line. The Parkes-project included the redevelopment of 98km existing track and the deployment of approximately 5.3km of new rail. Federal finance minister Mathias Cormann advised: "The shift from road to rail builds resilience in our freight network – not only will Inland Rail deliver a long-term freight solution for Australia to meet the needs of our growing population – it is also a critical investment supporting an efficient Australian economy". [more - original PR]

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