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Main North-South Line Rail Capacity Improvements


Funding Programme:Investment Road and Rail Programme
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:August 2012 - October 2014
Estimated Project Cost:$35,600,000
Australian Government Contribution:$35,600,000
Local Council/Shire:Brighton Council,Burnie City Council,Central Coast Council,Derwent Valley Council,Devonport City Council,George Town Council,Glenorchy City Council,Hobart City Council,Latrobe Council,Launceston City Council,Meander Valley Council,Northern Midlands Council,Southern Midlands Council
Corridor:Hobart - Burnie

Project Description

This project undertook capital improvement works on the Tasmanian main north-south rail line to allow for increased speeds, longer trains and heavier loads. These works have improved Tasmania's productivity by supporting the ongoing operation of freight trains on this line and enhancing freight rail's competitiveness.

Works undertaken for this project included:

  • Rehabilitating and improving the track infrastructure;
  • Installing concrete sleepers;
  • Replacing life-expired rail;
  • Minor rehabilitation and improvements works on the drainage systems, ballast, earthworks and passing loops along the line;
  • Replacing the rail bridge at the Forth river at Leith; and
  • Replacing the rail bridge at the Leven river at Ulverstone


This project delivered improved reliability and efficiency through increased rail freight capacity and enhanced safety.

The project also assisted with reducing wear on the track and on locomotives.


The project had a total cost of $35.6 million and was fully funded by the Commonwealth.


The scoping and development phase of this project commenced in October 2009. Construction works commenced in August 2012 and were completed in October 2014.

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Project details last updated: 22/01/2016