Mar 16, 2010

Federal investment in Tasmania’s rail network fast tracked

Federal investment in Tasmania’s rail network fast tracked

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 16 2010

The massive maintenance program now underway across Tasmania’s rail network will be completed twelve months early, following the Rudd Labor Government’s decision to bring forward $14 million originally earmarked to be spent next year.

This decision is a tribute to the Tasmanian Government’s ability to deliver the extensive maintenance program quicker than initially thought possible.

We’re determined to sustain this momentum and complete the modernisation of the network as soon as possible. Instead of late 2011, the maintenance work is now expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The projects being delivered include bridge work, re-railing, resleepering, level crossing upgrades and better drainage.

All up, we’re providing Tasmania with $61 million in rail maintenance funding, with the money brought forward being the final instalment.

In addition to the maintenance money, the Rudd Labor Government is committed to the following strategic investments in the State’s rail network:

  • Capacity improvements along Main North-South line ($31.6 million) – pre-construction works are underway;
  • Capacity improvements at Rhyndaston ($24 million) – preconstruction works are underway;
  • Upgrade of the Burnie to Melba Flats line ($15.7 million) – planning work starting this year;
  • Upgrade of the Burnie to Western Junction line ($30.3 million) – planning work starting this year;
  • Upgrade of the Hobart to Western Junction line ($20.3 million) – planning work starting this year;
  • Upgrade of the Fingal Line ($5.7 million) – planning work starting this year;
  • Upgrade of the Boyer Line ($1.07 million) – planning work starting this year;
  • Improvement of the Bell Bay intermodal terminal ($5.2 million).

The purpose of our investment is to put the rail network back on a secure footing, supporting local jobs today while rebuilding the rail infrastructure Tasmania will need tomorrow.

The funding is being delivered as part of our Nation Building Program.