16 Jan 2010

National rail line now complete

8:33 am on 16 January 2010

A $A55 million rail upgrade from the Queensland border to Brisbane's southside has been finished, to create the first single national rail line in Australia.

The ABC reports the Queensland Government has leased the new line to the Australian Rail Track Corporation, which will operate a standard gauge track linking every state from Queensland to Western Australia.

Federal transport minister Anthony Albanese says the national network will mean trains will not have to stop at state borders.