The Queensland and Australian Governments recognise the need for continued investment in transport infrastructure and see rail as a key component of this program to lift national productivity.
Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has been a key contributor to establishing a national rail network and has over the last ten years delivered a $6bn investment program. ARTC has been asked to deliver the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail network.
In planning and developing this critical rail infrastructure in Queensland, under the stewardship of ARTC, it is logical to assess the opportunity to further consolidate and enhance the network to the north of Brisbane. Northern Queensland and the lines that feed the coastal Queensland cities are a substantial source of industry, freight and passenger activity for Queensland and other mainland states of Australia.
The Queensland and Australian Governments have therefore asked ARTC to undertake a review of the interstate and regional freight and passenger lines.
ARTC engaged Lycopodium to deliver critical aspects of the review of the Queensland Rail Network, including the development of the initial and ongoing costs associated with taking up the Queensland Rail Regional Network in relation to track and civil assets.
In investigating the network, the Lycopodium Team prepared a number of plans including a Maintenance Plan, Resource Management Plan, Asset Condition Report, Civil Cost Model Assumptions Report and Civil Cost Model Scenarios.
“The Australian Government has initiated substantial rail reform over the past fifteen years with the objective of delivering a unified national rail network to support the movement of interstate freight and regional export supply chains”