The project arises from the WA Grain Freight Review, which the Australian Government commissioned to independently review and test the Grain Infrastructure Group’s findings.
The project will provide improvement works on the WA grain freight network, in particular the upgrade of selected Tier 1 and 2 rail lines and some of the local road network where the WA Government has determined that Tier 3 rail lines will cease operations.
Rail line upgrade works included re-sleepering the lines to move from a 1 in 4 Steel / Timber pattern to a 1 in 2 Steel / Timber sleeper pattern, and replacing some life-expired timber sleepers with new timber sleepers.
The rail line upgrade works is divided into three stages:
Stage 1- Avon to Albany rail line (also known as the Great Southern Railway – GSR)
Stage 2 - Albany Zone rail lines
Stage 3 - Kwinana North Zone rail lines
WA Grain Rail Map.
The project aims to ensure that the most appropriate modes of transport are used to move grain efficiently through the supply chain to enhance its long term sustainability.
The re-sleepering project for this project will ensure that rail lines remain open for another estimated 15 years of life and with trains operating up to maximum design limit speeds.
The Australian Government has contributed $113,147,738 in partnership with the Western Australian Government. Australian Government funding will only be used on the upgrade of the rail lines. The Western Australian Government has contributed $144,025,923 to supplement the Australian Government rail funding, with at least $104.3 million for the local road network where Tier 3 rail lines will cease operations.
Rail works on Tier 1 and Tier 2 lines commenced in September 2010 and were completed in June 2014. Local road works where Tier 3 rail lines will cease operations, commenced in mid 2010 and are expected to be completed by June 2017.