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$40m to re-rail Southern Highlands line

$40 million in infrastructure upgrades on the Southern Highlands rail line have been expedited to improve train service reliability between Goulbourn and Macarthur, the ARTC has announced.

Re-railing works were underway over the weekend, replacing rail that is over 20 years old with new Australian sourced steel rail. The older rail gets, the more likely defects will arise, leading to temporary speed-restrictions and potentially impacting on train service punctuality.

“We are very conscious of the concerns of our customers operating through the Southern Highlands and are working closely with them to improve performance – and in particular reliability,” ARTC’s interstate network group executive Peter Winder said.

“Pleasingly, we have seen positive results due to the re-railing and other work ARTC has already delivered between August and November, but there is more to do.”

The whole project is expected to be compete in 2020, and Winder said that it was important the upgrades were undertaken to increase train numbers on the line and the reliability of their services.

“That’s why we have brought this massive $40 million infrastructure investment forward to build further reliability into this part of our rail network,” he said

Areas where works were undertaken over the last few days include Menangle Park, Menangle, Douglas Park, Maldon, Picton, Bargo, Yerrinbool, Mittagong and Burradoo.

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