CASH FOR FIXING COUNTRY RAIL IN TAMWORTH
The country rail network across Tamworth received a boost today with the announcement of a project which will receive funding as part of the $15 million Fixing Country Rail pilot program.
Planning and design work for the reinstatement of the non-operational railway line from West Tamworth to Westdale will be funded from a dedicated $1 million fund.
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,” Mr Gay said.
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Rail and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said this investment in freight will result in economic benefits for the Tamworth region.
“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.
“This announcement is part of the broader aim which is to increase rail freight to and from the Tamworth area.”
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