Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Warwick off the Table for Inland Rail Project

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Warwick off the Table for Inland Rail Project

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Byline: Sophie Lester

THE inland rail route through Warwick preferred by Southern Downs Regional Council has been nixed, following a meeting at Scots PGC College yesterday.

Warwick had been considered as a site for the Brisbane to Melbourne line, but other routes, including from Inglewood to Toowoomba via Karara and Leyburn, are now being investigated.

The meeting between politicians and Australian Rail Track Corporation staff was called after Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg tabled a report in Parliament that drew concern to a route between Inglewood and Toowoomba via Milmerran.

ARTC CEO John Fullerton said there were hopes the rail line between Warwick and Gowrie Junction would connect to the main line.

"The proposed Warwick line was 26km longer and more costly than other options, and there were concerns it would have made the route less competitive," Mr Fullerton said.

"While the preferred route of the Southern Downs Council will not go ahead, Warwick will be connected to the inland rail. …

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