THE controversial Murray Basin rail upgrade is finally gathering some speed. Upgrading and standardising of the Manangatang and Sea Lake rail lines is expected to start by mid-year.
“The Ballarat rail separation is being done and we’re trying to get work started on the Manangatang and Sea Lake lines by July,” said Rail Freight Advisory Council chairman Peter Tuohey.
“We’re hoping to get the lines completed by December, in time for harvest.” Mr Tuohey’s optimistic outlook follows a series of V/Line management bungles on delivering the $440 million Murray Basin rail upgrades, which forced the deferral of work on the Sea Lake and Manangatang broad-gauged rail freight lines.
At the time rail engineers reported the project had been poorly managed from the start, by both the Government’s own transport department staff and V/Line managers.
The Government is hesitant to lock in a date for work to start on the two northwest lines, simply confirming the Advisory Council had put forward a start date of July, which was yet to be confirmed.
Transport Minister Jacinta Allan’s spokesman said that “we continue to work with industry to determine the best time frame and staging for delivery, to minimise impacts during harvest and ensure producers can get their product to port”.“Stage two works are now complete, including the upgrade of Ararat Junction, which is saving freight trains up to three hours of travel time on the Maryborough to Ararat line,” Ms Allan said.
Politically the RRA has to push this and not let it slide. If they dont the govt can say stakeholders didn't want it and can cancel it. And totally agree. This year would be the good year to do it. I'm hoping the Freight Passenger Separation Project is announced soon so we have clarity on all of this.RRA or RFA?!?! Because I don't think the government would even know who the RRA was! Oh and you double posted FYI.
Word on the street is that the new improved 5-weekly Fruity will average only 25-30 wagons for the time being. Still, it's good to see the service being made more useful even without a massive increase in demand so far. That will come once turnaround is at a sensible length.The 3 return services a week, ran with up to about 50 wagons, so up to around 150 wagons total a week.
How many wagons on the 3pw service?From what I've seen via Greensleeves and Co on YouTube, anywhere from 45ish to towards 60, james.
A question for those more in the know than me , is it wake fields paying more for more services as I believe PN is on a hook and pull deal or is PN being nice and providing the service as they now seek to get rid of those horrible trucks on our roads ?PN doesn't care about the number of trucks on the road, all they care about Is generating profit for their shareholders, through take or pay hook and pull contracts with their customers (In this case Wakefields)
We will have to wait for the VLine NSP to come out to see what they're doing then.So they'll go up at night, load in the day, and head back in the evening for an unload at the port the next day?Hard to say, that MTP (which is only for the ARTC portion) seems to have different times on different days.
2 trains needed then?
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