Freight Rail, Major Projects & Infrastructure

Rail boost from NSW stimulus program

Rail projects in New South Wales are set to benefit from the state government’s $100m Covid stimulus project.

THE New South Wales government says rail projects will be among the beneficiaries of a $100m stimulus project.

According to the government, more than 150 road and rail projects have been funded under the state government’s $100m stimulus spend to accelerate shovel-ready road and maintenance works, and support jobs across regional NSW.

Regional transport minister Paul Toole said the projects were funded by the NSW Government’s $2.3 billion COVID-19 package announced last March.

“Our accelerated maintenance program has fast-tracked projects that have proven a lifeline for communities – delivering safer roads and stronger freight and rail connections, as well as creating local jobs when they were needed most,” Toole said.

“Right across the state, this program is rolling out about 400 kilometres of rumble strips, which reduce the risk of head-on and run-off-road crashes by up to 25 percent, upgrading 200 kilometres of rail line, and improving carparks and customer amenities at 15 regional railway stations,” he said.

“Bringing these projects forward through stimulus funding has given our regional communities a real shot-in-the-arm, especially those who have suffered a triple whammy of drought, bushfires and COVID-19.

The stimulus funding allowed Transport for NSW to deliver more projects in addition to the planned program of work, providing an essential boost to regional economies by supporting local jobs, businesses and sourcing local supplies.