Freight rail increase for Coast
FREIGHT rail movements will increase on the North Coast line through Coffs Harbour and the train journey to Newcastle will be cut by an hour.
That’s the local outcome of the Federal Government’s $1 billion commitment to rail infrastructure in the 2010/11 budget.
Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said $170 million will be spent straightening the railway line between Maitland and the border.
Mr Albanese says works on the North Coast Curve Easing project will start in September, take 14 months to complete and support 180 jobs.
“This project will help drive the government’s agenda to increase the movement of Australia’s freight by rail, reduce travel times and improve productivity,” Mr Albanese said.
The track work is said to be part of a greater plan seeing freight rail increase on the North Coast Line from 19 per cent to 30 per cent.