The modernisation of the Melbourne-Sydney-Brisbane rail corridor continues slowly with the upgrade of a major passing loop at Killawarra in northern NSW now completed.
This project was brought forward thanks to funding from the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and the Federal Government’s Economic Stimulus Package.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, said: “As well as supporting jobs and businesses during the current global recession, our economic stimulus package is putting in place the modern rail infrastructure vital to Australia’s long term prosperity,” said Mr Albanese.
The upgrade to the Killawarra passing loop involved replacing one of the existing ‘turnouts’ to allow for an entry speed of 50kph as well as some track realignment.
ARTC Chief Executive Officer David Marchant said the $1.4 million upgrade builds on work already completed on the North Coast and will result in increased capacity and shorter transit times between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
“The ARTC and the Federal Government are pushing forward with the upgrade of the Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne corridor to make rail more competitive,” said Mr Marchant.
“The upgrade of the Killawarra passing loop is another important milestone in the north-south strategy to cut transit times from Melbourne to Sydney by 20 per cent (up to 2 hours 50 minutes) and by almost 20 per cent (3 hours 50 minutes) between Sydney and Brisbane.
“The work currently underway on this vital rail corridor is part of the biggest rail project to be initiated since the track was originally laid more than a century ago.”
The ARTC partnered with TEJV to deliver the upgrade.