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Ballast Rehabilitation Program

Funding Program:ARTC Additional Works
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:January 2012 - December 2015
Estimated Project Cost:$134,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$83,000,000
State:NSW, VIC
Corridor:Sydney - Melbourne

Project Description

The Ballast Rehabilitation Program improved track geometry, and upgraded ballast and drainage on the rail line between Sydney and Melbourne to ensure water drains away from the track. This allows train services to operate at optimum levels.


This program of upgrades had become a priority after the track was affected by heavy rainfall in 2010 and 2011. These works improved the safety, enhanced the quality of the track and reduced temporary speed restrictions.


The program costs $134 million in total. It was funded through ARTC’s own funds and $83 million in savings/deferrals from other equity funded projects.


This program was completed in December 2015.

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Project details last updated: 24/01/2017