$7.6 Million Funding Announced for Ettamogah Rail Hub
19 June 2018
The Ettamogah Rail Hub will receive $7.6 million for increasing siding capacity by more than five kilometres as part of the NSW Government Fixing Country Rail Program.
Member for Albury, Greg Aplin said the project will substantially increase freight capacity at the terminal.
“The siding upgrade will improve rail efficiency, capacity and management by enabling longer trains of up to 1,200 metres in length to be loaded off the main line,” Mr Aplin said.
“The use of longer trains will cut delivery times and allow more goods to be transported by rail, reducing costs for both producers and consumers.”
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey said Fixing Country Rail aims to relieve bottlenecks by upgrading parts of the regional rail network currently constraining effective freight movement.
“Regional NSW produces an estimated 210 million tonnes of freight a year and this is expected to increase by 25 per cent in the next 40 years,” Mrs Pavey said.
The project will allow for direct loading to rail at Norske Skog and is an important element of the Nexus Industrial Precinct. Nexus is a 450ha industrial zone to support large or heavy industrial development. Spanning the Hume Freeway and with access to the Hub and the Inland Rail Corridor, Nexus is ideally placed for businesses looking for quality transport infrastructure and connectivity to domestic and international markets.