Work to begin on damaged Tasmanian rail link

Pacific National services in Tasmania expected to resume in five weeks after damaged tracks shut down the line

Pacific National services on the North- South line in Tasmania are expected to resume in five weeks after the State Government announced an agreement had been reached with Pacific National to repair damaged tracks which shut the line down last week

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Graeme Sturges says government and Pacific National officials had undertaken a track inspection which found over 1000 lengths of rail needed to be laid.

"The magnitude of this task should not be underestimated," Sturges says.

"Additional crews, materials and equipment have been brought to Tasmania to undertake the task to ensure the track is open as a matter of urgency.

The repair work will also see the $21 million Queensland Rail works program bought forward to replace 20 kilometres of rail and 160 000 sleepers on the line, which carries vast amount of the states exports to its northern harbours.

Asciano, Pacific National’s parent company, declined to comment.

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