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An efficient and reliable interstate rail freight network is vital to
supporting and growing a productive national economy, Australian
Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) CEO John Fullerton says.
So when the Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL) was formally
opened for business in early January, and with it, a major freight
bottleneck on the eastern seaboard of the nation removed, it proved a
significant milestone in ARTC's multi-billion-dollar investment program
into improving the nation's rail infrastructure.
By separating freight from passenger services and removing the
accompanying seven-hour-a-day curfew, the dedicated freight line
speeds up the movement of trains through southern Sydney and
improves the overall reliability and travel times of interstate rail freight
between Brisbane and Melbourne.
'With the freight task across Australia growing -- it is expected to
double by 2020 and triple by 2050 -- ARTC is very much focused on
working with our customers and industry to convert freight onto the
rail system, because it's far more competitive than ever before,' Mr
The new $1 billion, 36-kilometre SSFL provides a tripling of
capacity for the rail corridor through the south of Sydney, and forms
part of record investment in the nation's interstate rail network.
Alongside projects such as curve-easing works on the North Coast
of New South Wales, improvements to the ballast condition between
Sydney and Melbourne and upgrades to the Metropolitan Freight
Network in Sydney, rail's claim for Australia's land freight task is being
'We've invested a lot -- and it's now about demonstrating to our
customers what this investment into the network means for their
business,' Mr Fullerton says.
'Capturing more freight onto rail means creating value, improving
reliability and lowering costs, and that's why our investment has
targeted areas to improve rail's reliability and capacity on that
important freight journey between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
'Customers want confidence that their freight will arrive at the
terminal when it's meant to -- we recognise that we are part of a
complex chain, and we're absolutely committed to working with the
industry to make it more competitive.'
Fullerton says ARTC will continue to work with government,
customers, rail operators and stevedores to take full advantage of the
capacity that is now available to move freight off the road and onto our
'This not only helps ease congestion on our roads, but also
improves national productivity,' Mr Fullerton says.
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AUSTRALIAN RAIL TRACK CORPORATION LTD.
Over the last ve years the Australian Rail Track
Corporation has invested more than $3 billion
into the Interstate freight network.
Much of this has been directed towards the
Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane corridor because
of its importance to Australia's economy and the
businesses and producers supporting that economy.
ARTC understands that businesses depend
on rail to get their freight to a terminal
within a specic availability window.
That's why our investment has targeted
projects that release more track capacity and
improve the reliability of the journey between
Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
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