On 6 March 2018, ARTC submitted the 2018 Interstate Access Undertaking application. This undertaking is intended to replace the 2008 undertaking which is due to expire 21 August 2018. The ACCC issued a consultation paper seeking stakeholder submissions on the proposed undertaking on 26 March 2018. Submissions to the consultation paper were due on 23 April 2018.
On 22 May 2018, the ACCC sent a request to ARTC to provide further information to assist the assessment of the proposed undertaking.
ARTC’s undertaking sets out the principles and processes under which ARTC, as an infrastructure provider of rail, will be obliged to provide access to businesses wishing to run trains on ARTC’s interstate rail network.
The interstate rail network covers the mainline standard gauge track linking Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, Adelaide, Wolseley and Crystal Brook in South Australia, Melbourne and Wodonga in Victoria and Broken Hill, Cootamundra, Albury, Macarthur, Moss Vale, Unanderra, Newcastle (to the Queensland border) and Parkes in New South Wales (NSW). Since the 2013 Variation it has also included the South Sydney Freight Line (SSFL). The 2018 Interstate Rail Access Undertaking proposes to include the Queensland Border Loop to Acacia Ridge segment into an expanded Newcastle to Acacia Ridge segment. It also proposes to include the Sydney Metropolitan Freight Network (MFN).