ARTC calls for input into Hunter Valley strategy


ARTC calls for input into the development of the Hunter Valley Corridor Capacity Strategy

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is seeking input into the development of the Hunter Valley Corridor Capacity Strategy for 2009 to 2018 after the consultation process was made public.

The strategy will aim to provide the roadmap for the ARTC’S investment in the Hunter Valley rail network as coal volumes continue to grow in the region, ARTC Chief Executive David Marchant says.

"Boosting the capacity of the Hunter Valley rail network is vital if we are to meet the projected increase in world demand for coal produced in this region," Marchant says.

"Growth in the Hunter Valley coal network is also crucial in assisting the Australian economy in its recovery."

Key features of the strategy include a ten year assessment of potential requirements, significant additions to the scope up to 2013 such as the Nundah Bank Third Road and a potential five year investment of $1.41 million by the coal industry.

All comments to the strategy must be provided to the ARTC by August 14.

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