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Inland Rail - Update

Posted on 21 December 2020


Source:  Toowoomba Chronicle

The Inland Rail has been described as a 'truly transformational' infrastructure project for Australia.

The cost of the 1700km Inland Rail has blown out by $5.5 billion, but "project enhancements" are set to create more than 4600 jobs in Queensland.

The blowout occurred because the Federal Government was forced to make significant changes to improve safety and overcome community objections.

The Government says the total cost will climb to $14.5 billion, but project enhancements will further stimulate regional communities, creating 5800 more jobs and billions of dollars of extra economic activity.

Queensland is expected to be the big winner from the new jobs, with an additional 4600 workers needed to implement the design changes across the five sections running through the state.