Illabo to Stockinbingal inland rail work to begin in 18 to 24 months

Fresh details have emerged on the proposed Inland Rail link between Illabo and Stockinbingal.

An ARTC spokesman has revealed it will be 18 to 24 months before the "design and construction" phase begins, with an Environment Impact Statement requiring completion before work can begin.

The inland rail spokesman also confirmed compulsory government land grabs would be an unavoidable aspect of the project, adding “where possible the track will align with property boundaries and roads to minimise impact on property owners”.

But farmers, such as Illabo's David Carter, are hoping for a peaceful resolution. 

“Hopefully it won't get to that stage and inland rail and the farmers can come to an arrangement,” Mr Carter said.

“But that can only happen if there's a bit of cooperation from both parties.”

The first train is not expected to operate until 2024/25.