Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Freight Rail Revitalisation

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:Late 2015 - Mid 2023
Estimated Project Cost:$178,520,000
Australian Government Contribution:$89,260,000
Local Council/Shire:Break O'day Council,Brighton Council,Burnie City Council,Central Coast Council,Derwent Valley Council,Devonport City Council,George Town Council,Glenorchy City Council,Hobart City Council,Latrobe Council,Launceston City Council,Meander Valley Council,Northern Midlands Council,Southern Midlands Council,Waratah/Wynyard Council,West Coast Council,Latrobe City Council
Corridor:Hobart - Burnie

Project Description

The Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation - Network project will incorporate sleeper and rail replacement, formation rectification, yard and terminal track work and the addition of, or modification to existing, passing loops, level crossing upgrades, rail corridor drainage upgrades and works to assets that may create a single point of failure to the network such as bridges and major culverts.


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


The Australian Government contribution is capped at 50% of total project costs.

The Australian Government contributed a maximum of $39.3 million to Tranche 1. The Tasmanian Government has committed matched funding of $39.3 million towards this project.

The Australian Government is contributing $50.0 million to Tranche 2. The Tasmanian Government has committed matched funding of $50.0 million towards this project.

This forms part of the overall Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Program.


Works commenced on the project in September 2015 and Tranche 1 was completed in June 2019. Tranche 2 is currently underway.

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Project details last updated: 2/08/2022