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Adelaide - Tarcoola Rail Upgrade Acceleration

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2017 - Mid 2019
Estimated Project Cost:$252,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$252,000,000
Corridor:Perth - Adelaide

Project Description

The Adelaide - Tarcoola Rail Upgrade Acceleration project will upgrade approximately 600 kilometres of track on the Adelaide to Tarcoola rail line by replacing 1,200 kilometres of 47 kilogram per metre (kg/m) rail with a stronger 60 kg/m rail. This project also includes bridge strengthening works to allow for higher axle loads (25 tonnes at 80 kilometre per hour) and where appropriate other associated upgrades (i.e. level crossing renewals). The upgrade will build upon the existing 100 kilometres of track enhancements already complete on the Adelaide to Tarcoola section of track.


The upgrade will address deterioration and failure rates on this section of track which will improve reliability and reduce future expenditure on maintenance. The upgrade will also improve the productivity and operating performance by enabling a lift in the maximum axle loading from 23 tonnes to 25 tonnes at 80 kilometres per hour.
The project will also provide wider economic benefits including local employment.


The Australian Government's contribution is capped at $252 million in equity to the Australian Rail Track Corporation for the delivery of this project.


This project will commence in mid 2017 and is scheduled to conclude in mid 2019.

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Project details last updated: 23/02/2017