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Freight Rail Revitalisation

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:Underway
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:Late 2015 - Mid 2019
Estimated Project Cost:$119,600,000
Australian Government Contribution:$59,800,000
Local Council/Shire:Break O'day Council,Brighton Council,Burnie City Council,Central Coast Council,Devonport City Council,George Town Council,Kentish Council,Launceston City Council,Meander Valley Council,Northern Midlands Council,Southern Midlands Council,Waratah/Wynyard Council,West Coast Council
State:TAS
Corridor:Hobart - Burnie

Project Description

The Freight Rail Revitalisation programme will raise the quality of the major lines on the Tasmanian rail network through selective sleepering and track replacement. Culverts will be strengthened, drainage and formation works undertaken and level crossings upgraded. These works build on upgrades under the previous Australian Government funded programme that were designed to keep the lines at an operational standard, with the objective of improving overall safety, reliability and thereby competitiveness of the rail network. The Freight Rail Revitalisation programme consists of two projects - one for Tasmanian rail lines on the National Land Transport Network (the Network), and one for those off the Network (Off-Network).

Benefits

The programme will reduce the operational costs of freight movements by providing additional rail capacity, improved reliability and reduced transit times.  These works will also help reduce derailments.

Funding

The Australian Government contribution is capped at 50% of total project costs to a maximum of $59.8 million. The Tasmanian Government have committed matched funding of $59.8 million.

Timetable

Works commenced on the programme in September 2015 with completion expected in June 2019.

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Project details last updated: 21/09/2017