Government funds Melbourne-Darwin inland rail study

<p>The Federal Government will contribute $250,000 to a pre-feasibility study of the final leg of the Melbourne-Darwin Inland rail project &#8211 from Cloncurry through to Mt Isa and Tennant Creek.</p> <p>Transport minister John Anderson said: "Studies suggest the Inland Rail project is likely to be commercially feasible, as long as it is able to meet loading targets based on transport demand for coal and other freight."</p> <p>The Inland Rail project proposes to link Melbourne to Darwin via Brisbane and Mt Isa. </p> <p>The link from Tennant Creek to Darwin would be provided by the Alice Springs-Darwin Railway, which is under construction.</p> <p>The Inland Rail project was launched with fanfare in 2001 and given major project facilitation status in September 2002, but has been virtually stalled until New South Wales track issues are resolved.</p> <br />