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The upgrade of the North Coast Rail Line will help alleviate pressure on the Pacific Highway as more freight move onto rail as a result of improvements in the productivity of the interstate rail network according to Deputy Prime Minister and Lyne MP, Mark Vaile.
Mr Vaile made the comment following the announcement by Federal Transport Minister Warren Truss that the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) had awarded a contract to Transport Express Alliance to undertake upgrading work along the North Coast Rail Line.
"The contract, worth more than $200-million, will result in the renewal, rehabilitation and enhancement of the North Coast Rail Line and builds on $134-million worth of upgrading work currently underway on the signalling system between Sydney and Brisbane," Mr Vaile said.
"The investment is part of the Government's $12.7-billion AusLink package which will see ARTC spend more than $1.4-billion on the interstate track between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane."
Mr Vaile said that following further investment on the longer Melbourne to Brisbane route, ARTC expected time savings of more than nine hours.
"With these time savings, that only make rail much more attractive in terms of its competitiveness with road transport," Mr Vaile said.
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