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Key Victorian freight line to reopen

A Victorian freight rail line closed since 2007 is set to reopen as part of a $7.1 million project

March 18, 2013

The Echuca to Toolamba track in Victoria will reopen
to rail freight this year as part of a $7.1 million project, the Victorian Government announced at the weekend.

Victorian Transport Minister Terry Mulder
says State Government has partnered with Australian brand food company SunRice to upgrade and reopen the track for freight.

Mulder says the $7.1 million joint project will involve upgrading the broad gauge track from Echuca to Toolamba and installing new signalling at the Toolamba junction so the line can be reopened for freight in the third quarter of 2013.

“Re-opening the branch line between Echuca and Toolamba will provide a more efficient link to the Port of Melbourne for SunRice and other exporters moving freight from the Goulburn Valley and southern New South Wales,” Mulder says in a statement.

Mulder says the track
reopening also means
freighters will have
an option other than using
the
Bendigo to Melbourne passenger line or roads to move cargo.

“The upgrade will encourage other grain or freight operators to use the line as an alternative to moving freight on the road and will help to reduce the number of trucks on the road,” he says.

The rail line has been closed to rail freight since 2007, but was temporarily opened as part of a $550,000 government grant in early 2011.

Work on the upgrade is planned to commence in mid-2013.

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