More than $380 million for freight rail projects

Tuesday 18 June 2013

More than $380 million for NSW freight rail projects

Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay today announced the NSW Government has allocated $386 million in the 2013-14 Budget, to develop the state’s freight rail network.

Much of the investment will be made in rural and regional NSW through work on grain lines, as well as on major projects including the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor, Wyong to Newcastle freight development and the Maldon to Dombarton link.

“Many crucial industries in NSW rely on a healthy and efficient freight network,” Minister Gay said.

“This Government is determined to improve the condition and reliability of country grain lines to attract more bulk freight onto rail, and in the process, help ease pressure on regional roads.

“In the financial year 2013-14, the NSW Government is providing $177 million towards the maintenance of the Country Regional Network. Of this, more than $48 million will be allocated for work on grain lines,” he said.

The work will include:

  • Replacing 89,000 timber sleepers with modern steel sleepers, including works on the Wee Waa to Burren Junction, Bogan Gate to Tottenham and Griffith to Hillston lines
  • Resurfacing 306 kilometres of track
  • Upgrading eight level crossings, including several crossings between Wee Waa and Burren Junction
  • Replacing or upgrading eight rail bridges and culverts, including a major upgrade at Culgoora on the Narrabri to Burren Junction line.

“The expected doubling of the freight task in NSW over the next 20 years highlights the need for investment in the rail freight network and in part drove the development of the first-ever NSW Freight and Ports Strategy,” Minister Gay said.

“The 2013-14 Budget includes $21.4 million dedicated to planning for the Maldon to Dombarton rail line.

“We will be getting the Maldon to Dombarton project ‘shovel ready’, by carrying out an environmental impact study and design work,” he said.

Development of freight rail infrastructure between Wyong and Newcastle is also set to continue in 2013-14 and the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor is also receiving major investment.

Media: Marie Scoutas 0467 739 976 or Lance Northey 0467 743

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