Established in July 1998, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is a Government of Australia owned statutory corporation, that manages most of Australia’s interstate rail network. The ARTC is a vital part of the transport supply chain and the economic development of Australia.
ARTC are unashamed champions of rail as a cost efficient, reliable, safe and responsible mode of transport. Across five states, ARTC manage and maintain an 8,500km rail network.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation has invested billions of dollars to build, extend and upgrade its network to get freight off the road and onto rail. That’s good for business, motorists, the environment and communities.
ARTC work with rail operators to provide access to rail for businesses and producers across Australia.
ARTC’s vision is to make rail the mode of choice in the national logistics chain.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation is committed to delivering:
The Australian Rail Track Corporation does not operate any trains, but provides and maintains the infrastructure for train operators to run on. The tracks controlled by the ARTC are located in five states, and were previously run by six separate state railways in an uncoordinated fashion that gave an advantage to road transport. By combining the infrastructure under one corporation it was expected that a more integrated and coordinated one-stop-shop would be created. It provides its own reporting numbers to trains that operate on its network.
The ARTC does not control any of the narrow gauge track in Queensland or South Australia, nor broad gauge track in Victoria. However it does control the Albion to Jacana freight line which has been partially converted to dual gauge for use as a passing lane, but is considered a main line on the broad gauge network.
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