Tasmanian infrastructure minister Rene Hidding has welcomed the awarding of a contract by TasRail for the upgrade of 10 level crossings at Burnie and the Melba Line.
TasRail recently awarded the level crossing upgrade work to Tasmanian company Gradco, in partnership with NuGroup.
Hidding said the aim of the work was to create a more efficient freight system in the island state, a goal he said was “critical to supporting economic growth and job creation, which is the Hodgman Liberal Government’s number one priority”.
The project is valued at roughly $2.6 million, which includes materials, services and project administration costs. Work is expected to begin later in October, and to be complete in January.
The tender is the ninth awarded under Tasmania’s Rail Revitalisation Program.
“It’s fantastic for Tasmanian businesses and workers in the sector, in addition to the many local businesses and suppliers also benefitting through the purchase of goods and services, accommodation, meals, refreshments, fuel and other consumables,” Hidding said.
“I congratulate Gradco on being awarded this contract and I look forward to announcing further contracts under the Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Program.”