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Fullerton said that an efficient rail system offers new opportunities
for Australian business, and that the interstate rail network along the
east coast, in particular, is well placed to meet Australia's growing
'Our manufacturers, farmers, mining and construction sectors,
importers and exporters all need a reliable and cost-effective way of
getting their goods where they are needed, when they are needed,
every time,' Mr Fullerton said.
Mr Fullerton said ARTC has recently finished a significant
program of investment directly aimed at improving rail's performance
and helping meet Australia's freight demand.
The company has completed a $3 billion, five-year upgrade of
east coast freight rail lines; providing capacity for as many as three
times more trains running on sections of the track between Melbourne
Fullerton said east coast rail reliability is up 20 per cent this year,
thanks to projects such as the new Southern Sydney Freight Line,
ballast improvements, concrete re-sleepering, curve easing and the
removal of several speed restrictions.
A 30-hour rail path is also now available between Melbourne and
Brisbane, up to seven hours quicker than in 2005 and comparable to
the time it takes for single driver trucks to complete the same journey.
'Through ARTC's strengthening of the spine of the entire east
coast rail network, we're helping get freight off trucks and onto safer,
cleaner, greener freight rail services between Melbourne, Sydney and
Brisbane,' Fullerton said.
'Every single new train that runs on the upgraded east coast
rail corridor takes the equivalent of 110 trucks off highways and
community roads, produces three times less carbon, and uses around
three times less fuel.'
ARTC will also shortly be introducing a new freight timetable
to take advantage of this new rail infrastructure, making rail a
better freight alternative for business by leveraging reliability and
'This is particularly important along the east coast of Australia,
where urban congestion ranks as a top issue for communities,
businesses and commuters alike in what is an increasingly
environmentally and socially constrained landscape,' Mr Fullerton said.
'It all points to rail being better for business, better for motorists,
better for the environment and better for communities.'
TIME FOR BUSINESS
TO RECONSIDER RAIL
An efficient and reliable rail freight network
keeps Australia's businesses moving and
Australia's economy strong, says Australian Rail
Track Corporation CEO John Fullerton.
MAKE RAIL MORE
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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