A $3.4 billion exercise in modernizing the Interstate Rail Network by the Federal Government has begun and a section of track just south of Casino has been completed.
The straightening of the lines between Newcastle and the Queensland border is expected to shave almost an hour off transit times and about $170 million will be spent on the North Coast Curve Easing Project.
“Today a section of track just south of Casino became the first to be fixed as a result of this project, with work at the remaining 57 locations along the main North-South Line to be completed by the end of the year on time and on budget,” Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, said.
“All up, the Gillard Labor Government is investing an unprecedented $3.4 billion to modernize the Interstate Rail Network – a capital works program which by 2014 will have rebuilt more than a third of this critical piece of infrastructure – or 3771 kilometres of existing track – as well as extended its reach by a further 235kms.
“Building a faster, safer and more reliable rail network is central to our broader efforts to boost national productivity and reduce Australia’s carbon footprint.”
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