Mount Murray Loop Extension Underway
Work has commenced on the Mount Murray Loop Extension to accommodate kilometre long trains as part of the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Rail program.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the $7.5 million extension was critical to the regional freight network and would improve accessibility for trains travelling from Moss Vale to Port Kembla.
“The Mount Murray Loop Extension will see an increase in the length of trains from 41 to 62 wagons with three million tonnes of freight expected to pass through this section of track each year,” Mr Toole said.
“The longer trains will enable a higher volume of grain and mineral ore per trip, which will increase productivity and improve competitiveness for producers in the region, opening up new markets.
“This project is part of our $400 million Fixing Country Rail program to improve capacity, access, efficiency, productivity and reliability by upgrading parts of the regional rail network.”
Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the start of construction was welcome news for the local economy.
“While the Mount Murray Loop Extension will increase efficiency along this section of railway line allowing for more cost-effective freight transport, particularly for the grain and mining industries, it is also supporting local jobs and businesses,” Mrs Tuckerman said.
“This is a project that will create work for up to 140 people – a huge boost to the economy.”
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will deliver the 300 metre extension on behalf of the NSW Government which is expected to be completed later this year.