From Federal Budget 2014

 
  Dazzagc Station Master

It got received by Australia Government that committed a Toowoomba Second Range Crossing up to $1.285 billion!! from latest for Inland railway for brisbane to Melbourne.

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  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
It got received by Australia Government that committed a Toowoomba Second Range Crossing up to $1.285 billion!! from latest for Inland railway for brisbane to Melbourne.
Dazzagc

Probably only a road bypass project !
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The Second Range Crossing is a highway project. Having said that, $300 million has been allocated to the Inland Rail project...mostly for more studies, but also for rail upgrades between Parkes/Narromine and Narabri/North Star.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
Probably only a road bypass project !
Nightfire

It certainly is: http://www.gattonstar.com.au/videos/virtual-tour-toowoomba-range-crossing/17475/
  Big J Deputy Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
Yep the guvinment (lol) only focused on investing in road infrastructure. Rightly or wrongly rail is the poor cousin with the view of the current government, especially any public transport.

Chuck in extra lanes and get rid of those pesky transit and bus lanes while they are at it, that will cure all the woes!!!!


Don't get me wrong I think it is laudable to invest in our major conduits, but to take away from public transport and ignore rail, sadly shows the "back to the future" thinking they possess. Back to the 20th century we go.

The government proudly proclaims they have the infrastructure PM, but really the proclamation should be the roads PM. That is what is really being provided.

Before any Libs supporters get huffy and puffy. I am NOT a Labor supporter, I am a swinging voter. So if you want to defend go ahead but don't attack me for having my opinion. Otherwise the other mob will get my vote. Isn't that the point being liberal?????
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Based in current form I cannot disagree.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
It certainly is: http://www.gattonstar.com.au/videos/virtual-tour-toowoomba-range-crossing/17475/
Graham4405


So Is the grand plan of this Motorway/Highway project to draw all the non coal freight traffic off the 1860's steam age alignment railway over the rangers ?
  barryc Chief Train Controller

Location: Waiting for a train to Canungra
So Is the grand plan of this Motorway/Highway project to draw all the non coal freight traffic off the 1860's steam age alignment railway over the rangers ?
Nightfire

It may not specifically be the grand plan but that's what it will do.

The main idea is to remove existing heavy traffic from suburban roads in Toowoomba.  If it captures other traffic, either traffic currently on rail or road traffic that travels via a different route, then so much the better for the operators.  There is supposed to be a toll on the new road and the truckies have stated that they would be happy to pay $25 a trip.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Yep the guvinment (lol) only focused on investing in road infrastructure. Rightly or wrongly rail is the poor cousin with the view of the current government, especially any public transport.

Chuck in extra lanes and get rid of those pesky transit and bus lanes while they are at it, that will cure all the woes!!!!


Don't get me wrong I think it is laudable to invest in our major conduits, but to take away from public transport and ignore rail, sadly shows the "back to the future" thinking they possess. Back to the 20th century we go.

The government proudly proclaims they have the infrastructure PM, but really the proclamation should be the roads PM. That is what is really being provided.

Before any Libs supporters get huffy and puffy. I am NOT a Labor supporter, I am a swinging voter. So if you want to defend go ahead but don't attack me for having my opinion. Otherwise the other mob will get my vote. Isn't that the point being liberal?????
Big J

Fair comments, but please show me one report from any govt prior to current that the Inland railway will be built prior to 2020?

If I recall the loudest proponent was Li'll Johnny who stated some years ago "right now ,this is the most bankable project in Australia". The ARTC's own data says not needed until plus 2020.

The Inland railway has been one of these longterm projects that I believe Li'll Johnny wanted to see funded privately as was the mood at the time by ARTEC (or what ever the name was) who kicked off the project with a tree planting, and both have probably since died.

ALP had some murmurings on this project, but again the proposed time frame was never this decade and they like L'll Johnny focused on fixing the current problems so that the connecting infrastructure such as the line south of Parkes was ready for it and prevent a project failure.

Sulla1's comments indicate that there is a focus by the current govt towards building the Inland and money is being spent on the existing infrastructure along that route. Personally, I don't expect Abbott to announce anything on this this electrol term, the Liverpool Range hwy needs money, blind Freddy knows this and an Inland railway will not mitigate this spending. I see the Inland to be a highlight more of the next election campaign, which is still earlier than the ARTC's previously published report.

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