Regional producers and freight companies will soon benefit from greater efficiency, while customers will see greater reliability for passenger services in the state’s Central West, as work on two new rail crossing loops steams ahead.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey welcomed the progress achieved on the rail crossing loops at Rydal and Georges Plains, following an inspection of the Rydal site during last week’s Community Cabinet visit to the region.
"Once completed the two loops will ensure the nine million tonnes of freight transported annually along the western corridor moves more efficiently, reducing the cost of getting export freight to port and domestic freight to markets," Mrs Pavey said.
The NSW Government has allocated $21.5 million to build two new rail passing loops and to plan for further work along the Main Western Rail corridor
This is part of the Main Western Rail Line Capacity Enhancement program
Each project involves building around 1.8km of new track and associated signaling infrastructure at each location accommodating the crossing of trains up to 1.5km
Work also includes earthworks to embankments and cuttings, improvements to drainage including culvert installations and signaling works
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole welcomed the progress made on the loops.
"When these loops are opened next year, passenger trains like the Bathurst Bullet, the Central West XPT, as well as the Indian Pacific and Broken Hill Xplorer passenger services will no longer be held up by freight trains on the line," Mr Toole said.
The NSW Government has invested more than $1.3 billion in the operation and maintenance of the Country Regional Network since 2011, demonstrating its commitment to this important freight and passenger link.