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New work will look at next steps for reinstating the Cowra Lines following the completion of a rail feasibility study on the corridor.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole and Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke, released and presented the Cowra Lines Feasibility Study to key stakeholders from Blayney, Cowra, Forbes, Hilltops and Weddin councils last week.
"The Cowra Lines served regional NSW for many years until they were progressively suspended between 2007 and 2009," Mr Toole said.
"Since then, a number of studies have been conducted on sections of these lines and focused on lower axle loads, which is why we commissioned the study to investigate the Cowra Lines in their entirety."
Mr Toole said while the study found the reinstatement of the Cowra Lines did not achieve the required benefit cost ratio (BCR) it showed the potential in the lines to drive new opportunities and boost resilience.
"Many projects in regional NSW are not captured by a BCR assessment but may have economic, social or safety benefits that can change the lives of people living in these areas," Mr Toole said.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke, has been a strong advocate for the reinstatement of the Cowra Lines.
"Commissioning this further work recognises the potential of the region and the opportunities re-opening of the rail lines would offer in terms of improving transport links, supporting regional economic growth and increasing efficiency, connectivity and access through the Central West," Ms Cooke said.
This article first appeared on www.grenfellrecord.com.au
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