NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay have announced the completion of a $1.66 million upgrade to the Dubbo Rail Triangle.
Mr Grant said the upgrade was critical to improving access for trains travelling to the north, south and west of the state that use this busy central junction point.
“The recently completed upgrade will deliver improved travel times and increase efficiency for all trains that travel in and around Dubbo,” Mr Grant said.
“Prior to the upgrade, switches for rail and road traffic at the Triangle needed to be manually operated. Now, the Triangle has new automatic switches, which will save trains up to 15 minutes travel time.
“Some of the key routes to benefit include between Parkes and Cobar, northern NSW and Coonamble, and southern NSW and Orange.
“This is a great win for country NSW, allowing freight to arrive at destinations on time more regularly, meeting deadlines for domestic and export customers.”
Minister Gay said the upgrade will also deliver benefits to surrounding roads, which previously experienced heavy traffic build up due to train delays.
“By cutting travel times at the Triangle we also deliver flow on benefits to other critical road corridors, including Wheelers Lane and Cobbora Road with reduced delays at level crossings.
“Wheelers Lane in particular experiences 20,000 vehicle movements per day, making it one of the main roads into the city of Dubbo.
“Due to the importance of Wheelers Lane, we will also be investing an extra $865,000 for further upgrades, including the installation of high intensity LED lights, bells, reflective boom gates and pedestrian facilities such as automated swing gates to boost safety.”
The NSW Government contributed $1.36 million and Australian Rail Track Corporation contributing $300,000 towards this upgrade.
The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is committed to delivering vital infrastructure upgrades to Country Rail lines investing $209 million in the 2015-16 State Budget to upgrade and maintain the Country Rail Network, including $56 million for grain rail lines.
**PHOTO: Minister for Roads, Maritime & Freight Duncan Gay, Dubbo Mayor Mathew Dickerson and Member for Dubbo & Deputy Premier Troy Grant – photo taken at the time of the upgrade announcement in March**