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Pacific National responds to Federal Inland Rail commitment

Rail freight operator Pacific National has welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to fund the Inland Rail project.
“More than thirty years since the ambitious rail link was first suggested, the 1,700km rail line is now well on track to become a reality following the $8.4 billion commitment in last night’s Federal Budget,” the company said in a statement.
“Pacific National believes the Inland Rail project will be transformative for Australia, helping revitalise regional communities and providing a boost in national productivity that will deliver for generations to come.”
Pacific National CEO David Irwin said, “Australia has a growing problem that can’t be ignored – we are trying to move too much freight on our increasingly congested road and rail networks along our Eastern seaboard.
“Inland Rail is a true game changer and we commend the Government for its commitment to such an important nation-building project.
“We look forward to working with the Government and all the communities along the route to see Inland Rail become a reality and ensure it’s a huge success once operational.
“We want a swift and smooth construction program and a clear path to the day the first freight trains can start using the route – and this will ensure potential investors and rail operators can plan for the future with greater certainty,” he added.

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