New Coonamble Rail Siding a Timely Boost

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A new rail siding catering for trains up to 1300 metres long, has been installed at Coonamble South, freeing up a rail bottleneck in time for the 2020/21 grain season.

Minister for Regional Roads and Transport Paul Toole said the new rail siding will allow other trains to pass while a train is being loaded and was a timely boost ahead of what’s hoped to be a bumper harvest.

“Previously the positioning of the old mainline grain loading point at Coonamble caused delays for trains for up to eight hours, creating congestion and holding up the movement of grain to port,” Mr Toole said.

“The new rail siding will create an extra 450 hours each year where trains can pass through this section of track without being held up.

“It will also see the three grain loading points in Coonamble better utilised and potentially encourage the transporting of grain off roads and onto rail, reducing the impacts of heavy vehicles on the road network.”

Member of the Legislative Council Sam Farraway said the NSW Government had invested $2.5 million to upgrade Coonamble’s rail facilities through the State’s Fixing Country Rail program.

“These upgrades have multiple flow-on effects, including more time to access the wider network and port, alleviating the pressure to find space on the rail network to meet shipping schedules,” Mr Farraway said.

“This investment will also deliver a significant boost to productivity and confidence in rail as a mover of bulk goods.”

Fixing Country Rail is a $400 million program to support, reinvigorate and upgrade important regional rail freight infrastructure throughout NSW.

For more information regarding Fixing Country Rail, go to https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/programs/fixing-country-rail