$18.5m work delivered on the Dubbo to Coonamble rail line
Over 95 kilometres of maintenance has been completed along the Rail Line from Dubbo and Coonamble thanks to an $18.5 million investment by the Liberals & Nationals Government.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today visited the railway line to inspect the completed works.
Mrs Pavey said this was a vital piece of infrastructure for the region and the work has improved operational performance and reliability of the network in the north west of the state.
“Since March, 66,000 old timber sleepers have been replaced with new long-life steel sleepers and 17,000 tonnes of ballast to support the track, improve reliability and reduce long term maintenance costs,” she said.
“Work teams have also been busy resurfacing, lifting and lining 95 kilometres of track, ensuring a smooth ride for our state’s hard working grain and freight operators.”
Mr Grant said that the NSW Liberals & Nationals has a clear plan for fixing country roads and rail because they provide enormous financial benefits for the regions.
“Freight is the lifeblood of many regional communities. By upgrading the rail line over the past five years, locomotives can run at higher speeds enabling better efficiency,” Mr Grant said.
“A quicker service means a more efficient and cost effective service. I want our local grain growers, businesses and communities to turn a buck and be as successful as possible and these improvements will help make this a reality.”
“The NSW Government has a $1.3 billion program to improve the efficiency and reliability of freight rail network across regional NSW and communities around Dubbo, Coonamble and further afield are benefiting.
The completion of this vital project brings the total investment in the Dubbo Country Regional Network since 2011 to$110 million.
For more information, visit: http://www.freight.transport.nsw.gov.au/strategy/projects/country-regional-network
Main image: Representatives from Transport NSW and John Holland Rail, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant