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The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled details of the $130 million program to untangle the Ballarat rail network and provide faster and more reliable freight paths from the Murray Basin region to the ports.
The Freight-Passenger Rail Separation Project will deliver a number of track and signalling improvements which were not included in the original Murray Basin Rail Project, as well as providing the infrastructure to support future increases in passenger rail.
The project will:
Rail Projects Victoria will work with Transport for Victoria and V/Line to seek feedback from the freight industry as its finalises the project.
Stage two of the Murray Basin Rail Project is largely complete, with freight trains running between Yelta and Maryborough, and between Maryborough and Ararat on a standard gauge line, enabling freight trains to carry more produce to ports.
Speed restrictions on the Yelta to Maryborough line will be lifted by the end of June, enabling trains to run at up to 80 km/h, reducing train travel times by up to one hour.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“We’re continuing our unprecedented investment in regional rail infrastructure and investing in works to remove a major bottleneck in the Ballarat area to improve efficiencies between rail passenger and freight train operations.
“The Freight-Passenger Rail Separation Project will ensure that we maximise the benefits of the Murray Basin Rail Project and the Ballarat Line Upgrade – that means more passenger services in the future and dedicated pathways for freight to the ports.”
This article first appeared on www.premier.vic.gov.au
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