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Sydney freight network projects completed

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Major rail freight works to duplicate the Botany Rail line and develop a new Cabramatta Loop in Sydney are now finished, following successful commissioning of both projects, marking the end of 2.5 years of construction.

The lines are now operational, marking significant milestones for the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and construction partners John Holland and Fulton Hogan.

Final works included installation of turnouts, signalling works, and testing and commissioning of new signalling infrastructure.

The combined projects are expected to significantly improve freight capacity and help reduce the number of trucks on local Sydney roads.

The Botany Rail Duplication project has duplicated the remaining 2.9-kilometre section of single line track between Mascot and Port Botany, including the construction of four new and replacement rail bridges.

The Cabramatta Loop Project has provided a 1.65km section of new track adjacent to the existing track, allowing freight trains travelling in opposite directions to pass each other, and the construction of new bridge structures and track realignment.

Through Australian Government funding of $442 million, these transformative rail projects will together help meet future demand between Port Botany and metropolitan freight intermodal terminals, where the freight task is predicted to increase by 77 per cent by 2036.

Both upgrades form part of ARTC’s network, a vital part of the nation’s transport supply chain, connecting places and ports to people and products.

Infrastructure minister Catherine King said Port Botany’s unique location and connectivity made it a major gateway for Australia and the world, and now it would benefit from a major upgrade to its freight line, helping to move freight more efficiently and effectively in and out of the port.

“The Australian Government is committed to delivering a more reliable, efficient and sustainable rail freight network to support the modal shift from road to rail,” she said.

“That’s why we have invested in these upgrades, they are a vital boost to Sydney’s freight network to help meet the growing demand.”


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