Rail upgrade to take more trucks off the road


Upgrades continue on East West rail corridor, with ARTC boss saying they will cut number of trucks on road

December 8, 2009

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) says a major milestone has been reached in the modernisation of the East West rail corridor after a 201 kilometre re- sleepering project was completed today.

The $91.5 million project saw 301,000 new concrete sleepers laid down on the track between Cootamundra and Parke – an initiative ARTC CEO David Marchant says will lead to improvement in the line efficiency.

"Concrete sleepers have a significant advantage over timber sleepers, particularly considering Australia's rugged topography, they will greatly improve the track's capacity and reduced transit times," Marchant says.

"The upgrade is good news for the wider community as well. Not only has the project generated jobs and provided a boost to the local economy, the new track will allow more freight to be transported by rail - which overtime will lead to fewer trucks on our roads.

"One 1,500-metre train can replace around 100 trucks."


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