NSW Government approves $100 million Hunter Valley

25 October 2013

NSW Government approves $100 million Hunter Valley rail facility

The NSW Government has approved a $100 million train support facility at Hexham, which will increase performance in the coal rail network.

Freight transport and infrastructure company Aurizon will build the facility.

Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay said moving coal from mine to port is our state’s single largest freight task and the NSW Government supports the efforts of the Hunter Valley coal industry in increasing efficiency and capacity in the Hunter Valley coal rail network. “Investment in infrastructure like this is critical for developing an efficient and effective freight network across NSW,” he said.

The project involves the construction of a two track train provisioning facility, a train maintenance line and combined locomotive and wagon maintenance workshop.

The site is connected to the Hunter Valley coal network and will service Aurizon’s expanding coal fleet.

Mr Gay said construction of the new Aurizon facility would stimulate jobs and provide long term economic growth for the Hunter Valley coal industry.

“The Aurizon facility represents a major investment in the local community and a vote of confidence in the long-term outlook for the Hunter Valley coal industry,” he said.

“The facility consolidates maintenance and provisioning activities that will improve overall efficiency of the supply chain and reduces shunting and provisioning activities in and around Carrington.”

The Minister said that construction work was expected to commence in early November with completion of the provisioning facility anticipated in October 2014 and the combined maintenance facility by February 2015.

The Government’s approval of the project follows the announcement of the construction of five new railway tracks designed to more efficiently move coal to the Port of Newcastle.

Media: Lance Northey 0467 743 192

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