Member for Bathurst Paul Toole MP today announced $24 million towards the rail route between Bathurst and Orange.

The funding comes as a part of the NSW Governments Fixing Country Rail Program, which is targeted at improving freight movements across the State.

"The Fixing Country Rail initiative will deliver a highly functional transport network across the state for moving freight in and out of regional areas, and will ease pressure on our local roads," Paul Toole MP said.

The program complements Fixing Country Roads, a project designed to improve freight movements between farms, key freight hubs like grain silos, saleyards, rail heads, supermarket distribution centres and depots.

The $23.4M set aside for the Bathurst area will upgrade the dual track sections of the Bathurst to Orange line (Newbridge to Murrobo and Spring Hill to Orange) to bi-directional signalling.

"These changes will reduce travel times for freight and passenger trains along this line, with over 6 minutes being shaved off the length of the trip. It will also provide an overtaking facility at Wallerawang, close to the network interface with Sydney Trains".

"This initiative is vital to supporting growing local industries which rely on efficient and reliable freight to move products interstate and to ports and depots." said Mr Toole.

"Under this program, everyone will be a winner – whether you’re a farmer, a council or a local business, you are set to benefit from Fixing Country Rail,"