Two freight rail projects that will help ease congestion on some of Sydney’s busiest roads are being fast-tracked towards construction, with the New South Wales Government approving new detailed plans for both developments.
The Botany Rail Duplication and Cabramatta Loop projects are set to provide better freight rail movement and help the region meet future freight demand.
“As the state’s largest container port, the efficient operation of Port Botany is critical. Forecasts predict a whopping 77 per cent increase in the amount of freight in handles from 14.4 million tonnes in 2016 to 25.5 million tonnes by 2036.
“For every extra freight train travelling on the Botany line, up to 54 trucks can be taken off Sydney’s roads,” Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said.
With assessments fast-tracked for both projects, construction is expected to commence within the next six months.
“These projects are crucial because more freight is moved on rail lines and congestion is busted with fewer trucks on our roads.
“This project will not only provide new rail infrastructure, but will inject around $400 million into the economy and create around 500 local jobs during construction,” Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will be delivering both projects, with the Cabramatta Loop Project expected to be completed by mid-2023 and the Botany Rail Duplication due to be completed in late-2024.
These projects are the latest developments to be identified through the State Government’s Planning System Acceleration Program to help keep people in jobs as well as the economy moving through the coronavirus pandemic.
The Botany Rail Duplication will include:
Botany Rail Duplication project plan (source: ARTC)
On the other hand, the Cabramatta Loop Project will include:
Cabramatta Loop Project plan (source: ARTC)
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Western Australia will be seeing a major boost in infrastructure and jobs, with a record $5.4 billion infrastructure package that will build major infrastructure, creating thousands of jobs as well as stimulate economic growth and address road congestion across the State.
Two construction contracts with a combined value of $600 million has been signed by the New South Wales Government and these contracts will get works going to modernise and upgrade the State’s rail network as well as create up to 550 new jobs.
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