Heavy rail upgrade finished

Congestion on one of Australia’s busiest interstate rail freight corridors is set to ease

Heavy rail upgrade finished
Heavy rail upgrade finished

July 18, 2013

Congestion on one of Australia’s busiest interstate rail freight corridors is set to ease, with a track upgrade from South Australia to New South Wales now completed.

The Federal Government and the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) yesterday announced the final 15 km of a 711km track upgrade from SA to NSW had been completed.

The re-railing was the final stage of a $288 million Nation Building program to upgrade the interstate rail network between Parkes and Cootamundra and Broken Hill and Whyalla.

The re-railing resulted in 47kg/m rail being replaced with heavier, stronger 60kg/m rail in a bid to help heavier, more efficient trains use the rail corridor.

The 60kg/m rail, in line with other infrastructure improvements in the corridor, means two key domestic steel routes can now operate across stronger rail for the entire journey.

ARTC CEO John Fullerton says
trains running on the Sydney to Perth corridor will benefit from the improved punctuality and reduced congestion due to the re-railing upgrades as well as recent concretere-sleepering works.

"The productivity improvements include reduced maintenance and train operating costs, better track reliability and improved transit times," Fullerton says.

Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says
the section of track is now heavier, stronger to support one of the nation’s busiest freight transport corridors.

At its peak the project supported around 200 jobs, as well as 40 contract steel jobs that were created at Arrium’s Whyalla steelworks to meet the demand of Nation Building projects.

"Nation Building projects like this are important because they create local jobs and support regional Australian communities," Albanese says.

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