8th Annual QLD Transport Infrastructure Conference
The 8th Annual Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference 2017 will profile a vast range of transport and infrastructure works across both the state and country this May at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre.
A number of projects will lead discussion including the Inland Rail project which is set to improve the national rail network and serve the interstate freight market. Programme Director for the Inland Rail Programme at the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Mr Simon Thomas is developing a ten year program to deliver the project under the guidance of the Inland Rail Implementation Group.
Addressing the Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference, Mr Thomas will examine the Inland Rail as strategic infrastructure investment for the future with the capacity to accommodate the demands of the east coast freight market well into the next century.
The Inland Rail will feature a new 1700km freight rail line providing a competitive road service efficiently delivering freight from Melbourne to Brisbane, via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland in less than 24 hours. In terms of reliability, pricing and availability of the rail line, the project is expected to deliver results equivalent to those of road works.
Moreover, the project will provide an enhanced link between Queensland and Southern Australia, including Adelaide and Perth, reducing congestion on road networks. This will ensure increased resilience and greater flexibility for the existing rail network. Additionally, it will allow freight travelling from Brisbane to Melbourne to bypass the busy Sydney network.
The Conference will also look at the Consolidated Land and Rail Australia (CLARA) plan which projects the creation of eight new ‘smart’ cities alongside a high speed rail network. Presenting at the Conference, CLARA Chairman Nick Clearly will examine how inland smart-cities and connected transport infrastructure can help ease the pressures of over-crowding that currently dominate major capital cities.
The Queensland Government’s highest priority infrastructure project, the Cross River Rail will also be profiled at the Conference. Cross River Rail Project Director Gavin Nicholls from the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning – QLD will present an overview of the key features and economic benefits of the plan.
Hosted across the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ will also feature on the agenda. Commonwealth Games, Department of Transport and Main Roads – QLD, Executive Director Grant Morris will outline planning and delivery of transport infrastructure for the prestigious event.
The 8th Annual Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference 2017 will take place on the 23-24th May at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre.More information at: www.qldconference.com.au
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