The Government of Australia announced that the first 10,000 tonnes of rail track has been delivered to outback South-Australian locations in preparation for laying down new track for the crucial east-west Adelaide – Tarcoola rail upgrade acceleration project.
Federal Minister for Transport Darren Chester said the multi-million dollar upgrade meant the 720-km stretch of rail could handle heavier and faster trains. “The project will vastly improve freight transport for the region by enabling more efficient trains to operate on the route. This means greater productivity, with more goods delivered to markets quicker,” Chester said.
The Government is providing the full USD 190 million cost of the project. More than 175 km of rail has been delivered to future installation sites where the upgrade will replace older rail with stronger steel, to support the faster and heavier trains.