Rail freight services from Canberra to Port Botany have received a boost today with $1 million in funding as part of the $15 million Fixing Country Rail pilot program.


The $1 million will help construct a rail siding at a new site as part of a larger project to build the Canberra Railway Freight Terminal at Fyshwick which will remove 300 B-double trucks from the road and save up to 72,000 litres of diesel per year


Minister for Freight Duncan Gay said the NSW Government is determined to shift more bulk freight onto railway lines to ensure produce can get from paddocks to ports as quickly and efficiently as possible.


“The freight transport network is the backbone of country NSW and we need to improve its efficiency to take more freight off our local and regional roads – a massive win for regional communities, economies and the state’s producers.”


Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Rail, Kevin Anderson said the re-instatement of this vital link between Canberra and Sydney is great news for business, the environment and the wider community.


“Today is all about improving connectivity and enhancing efficiency in the region. The NSW Government knows how important it is to have a functional freight network in country NSW.


“We want to ensure country NSW is able to move freight between farms, grain silos, saleyards, rail heads, supermarket distribution centres and depots in a timely manner.”


A total of 10 projects across NSW will receive a share of $15 million under the Fixing Country Rail pilot program in addition to the $400 million to be invested into the program.


The first full round of Fixing Country Rail funding will open later this year, regional councils, producers, rail operators and other businesses are encouraged to work together and apply for funding under the program.


Additional information can be found at http://freight.transport.nsw.gov.au/network/rail/fixing-country-rail/index.html

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