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South Coast freight rail upgrade complete

Transport for NSW says the $40 million South Coast Line rail upgrade is done and will benefit freight operators through the region

The New South Wales government has announced it has completed the $40 million rail upgrade on the South Coast Line.

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) says 13 kilometres of track on the line was upgraded to allow for larger freight movements while also providing a major boost to the region’s economy.

NSW regional transport and roads minister Sam Farraway says the upgrade will play a significant role in ensuring more freight can be transported by rail in NSW.

“Rail freight is the most sustainable and cost-effective way to transport large quantities over long distances – one 600-metre-long train can carry the equivalent load of more than 54 trucks and enough wheat to make more than 250,000 loaves of bread,” Farraway says.

“With growing freight demand along the South Coast rail line, being able to increase capacity will make a significant difference, allowing users to reach markets quickly and efficiently.

“Thanks to this upgrade, it is anticipated an additional 350,000 tonnes of rail freight will be moved along the South Coast Line each year which will provide a welcome boost to the local economy.”

Australian-owned agribusiness Manildra Group, who employ 1,000 people and send its homegrown products to every continent, says it will benefit from the rail line upgrade. 


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“The track upgrade to 25-tonne axle loading between Berry to Bomaderry and the tunnels between Kiama and Berry allows our company to operate heavier and longer rail services through the network,” Manildra Group National Transport and Logistics Manager Mark Ownes says. 

“This ultimately means we can meet both our current and future growth targets for both inbound raw materials to our Bomaderry facility and for our export freight to the Port of Botany to meet the export market, which benefits both regional employment and the NSW trade and economy.”

Parliamentary secretary for Wollongong and the Illawarra Peter Poulos says the state government is improving NSW’s supply chain network so communities can get the goods and services they want when they need it most.

“Since 2011, $5.15 billion has been committed to upgrading the Princes Highway from Albion Park to the Victorian border,” Poulos says.

“These upgrades, along with the completion of the rail line, will transform the way freight moves across our state, which helps local businesses, our economy, and most of all families.”

TfNSW says larger freight trains are expected to be operating on the South Coast Line by July.

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