Parkes rail passing loop, completed.

The modernisation of the East West rail corridor continues, with the completion of work on the extension of the existing passing loop at Yarrabandai, approximately 60 km west of Parkes, NSW.

The $4.8 million project involved extending the existing loop by 1,000 metres, laying new concrete sleepers and installing new signalling.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) received $42 million to build two new passing loops as well as extend four existing loop on the line between Crystal Brook in South Australia and Cootamundra in NSW – infrastructure able to cater for longer trains.

ARTC CEO David Marchant said the corporation is pushing forward with its plans to upgrade the East-West corridor and make rail more competitive, with the new and upgraded passing loops expected to cut transit time and expand capacity on the line between Perth and Adelaide.

“As Australia recovers from fallout from the global recession, we’re determined to make the interstate rail network a value-adding asset within the national transport logistics system. Already 80 per cent of the freight that moves between Australia’s east and west coasts travels by rail,” said Mr Marchant.

“The investment we’re making in the East West corridor is also been good news for the wider community. Not only has it create jobs in the short term, it will also allow more freight to be transported by rail – which over time means fewer trucks on our roads.”

Every 1,500 metre train can carry as much freight as 100 semi-trailers.

The ARTC delivered the projects in partnership with Transfield Services.

Source T and L News