Interstate rail link to slash truck numbers

Work begins on multi-million dollar rail project which will cut the number of trucks on the road

Work will this week begin on a multi-million dollar interstate rail network which has the potential to cut the number of trucks on the road.

The Federal Government is continuing its push to drag the rail network into the 21st century, announcing that the $91 million Cootamundra to Parkes link in New South Wales will begin this week.

Work on the link will replace worn track and timber sleepers with 301,000 concrete sleepers to support interstate trains that are larger and longer than the current locomotives that pass through the area.

"The upgrade is good news for the wider community as well, not only will it create jobs and provide an immediate boost to the local economy, it will also allow more freight to be transported by rail- which overtime will lead to fewer trucks on our roads," Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) Chief Executive David Marchant says

"One 1,500 metre train can replace around 100 trucks."

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