Former Deputy PM to head Melbourne-Brisbane high-speed rail

THE building of the long-awaited high-speed rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane will be led by former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss announced Mr Anderson would head the new "implementation group" to lead the project.

But, Mr Truss was now calling it the "inland rail project", rather than "high-speed", as it was titled under Labor.

However, Mr Truss said he remained determined to roll-out it out as soon as possible, confirming his $300 million commitment to the multi-billion project.

The new group, headed by the former Nationals MP, will report directly to Mr Truss, while the Infrastructure Minister has written to state leaders to join in.

It will also include the head of the Australian Rail Track Corporation and infrastructure department chief among others.


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