NSW freight gets $450 million Budget boost


Gay says focus is on upgrading rail connections to ports and removing local freight pinch points

NSW freight gets $450 million Budget boost
Roads and freight minister Duncan Gay.

 

Critical road and rail freight projects get a Budget boost with the NSW government promising $450 million for upgrades and improvements across the state.

Roads and freight minister Duncan Gay says key freight investments include a focus on upgrading rail connections to ports and removing local freight pinch points on regional roads and bridges.

The Budget allocates $208 million for the upgrade and maintenance of grain lines in regional NSW; $111 million to improve freight productivity and safety, including $64 million towards the Bridges for the Bush program, and $14 million for the Golden Highway; $46 million for the Newell Highway upgrades; and $32.5 million towards major rail projects planning.

The government has also promised $5 million towards operational improvements at Port Botany that aim to reduce truck turnaround times and increase the number of containers on each train.

"Improved freight efficiency is critical to the economy and our local communities – by reducing freight costs we cut prices on supermarket shelves," Gay says.

"The NSW Government is delivering ‘one-of-a-kind’ freight programs like Fixing Country Roads and Fixing Country Rail to ensure funding is targeted where it’s needed most, particularly on council owned infrastructure.

"We are also committed to reducing the number of truck trips required on busy urban roads by upgrading rail infrastructure to carry heavier and longer trains, reduce train hold ups and better separate passenger and freight rail." 

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