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Rail Improvements between Adelaide and Tarcoola

Funding Program:ARTC Productivity Improvement Package
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:August 2012 - March 2017
Estimated Project Cost:$51,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$51,000,000
Corridor:Perth - Adelaide

Project Description

The Australian Government's equity injection into the ARTC will facilitate the replacement of 36 track kilometres of 47 kg/m rail to stronger 60 kg/m rail on high wear curved sections between Port Augusta and Tarcoola, implement new train control system along the Adelaide to Tarcoola Rail corridor and build additional crossing infrastructure.


Stronger rail over this corridor will allow for increased train axle loads that will facilitate heavier trains and faster speeds. This project also create additional rail capacity for interstate intermodal and express services, improve safety and support resource expansion in the region.


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.


ARTC commenced rerailing works in August 2012 and completed in June 2013. The new train control system was completed in June 2014. Crossing loops facilities is scheduled for completion in March 2017.

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Project details last updated: 14/10/2016