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Koolyanobbing to Kalgoorlie Capacity Project

Funding Program:ARTC Productivity Improvement Package
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:November 2012 - To be confirmed
Estimated Project Cost:$60,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$60,000,000

Project Description

The Australian Government equity injection into the ARTC will facilitate Brookfield Rail’s rerailing program between Koolyanobbing and Kalgoorlie to replace the 47 kg/m rail with stronger 60 kg/m rail. A 1800 metre passing loop will also be constructed if additional capacity is required.


The rerailing works will increase track capacity, and improve transit and reliability performance for interstate traffic between Adelaide and Perth. The passing loop will provide overtaking opportunities for faster intermodal traffic, as interstate rail freight continues to grow. The works will support rail remaining the logistics mode of choice between Adelaide and Perth.


The Australian Government invested $996 million in ARTC over three years to facilitate the implementation of ARTC capital projects across Australia as part of the Rail Productivity Improvement Package. $82 million of this productivity funding will support ARTC's additional works, including the Ballast Rehabilitation Program, completion of concrete resleepering and signalling works on the Melbourne to Sydney rail line.


The rerailing program delivered by the Brookfield Rail was completed in June 2013. The delivery of the extended loop will be undertaken subject to rail capacity demand.

Related Links

The Australian Rail Track Corporation website

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Project details last updated: 5/02/2016