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TAS rail services resume to Bell Bay

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> Rail services to Bell Bay in Tasmania will start up again in September, following the decision to suspend services earlier in the year because of declining demand and a shortage of rail resources. </span> <p>By Jennifer Perry</p><p>The announcement comes after TasRail said that it had been working to repair and upgrade previously obsolete assets and recruiting additional staff to operate the trains.</p><p>“The new services to Bell Bay will reduce a significant number of road truck movements, and as a consequence, will reduce greenhouse emissions associated with those movements. More importantly, it will reconnect a vital link in Tasmania’s transport network,” TasRail said.</p><p>Minister for infrastructure Lara Giddings welcomed TasRail’s decision and said it demonstrated the importance of TasRail’s commitment to reinvigorate the Tasmanian rail network as well as the injection of more than $400m in state and federal funding to the network since 2007-08.</p><p>Giddings said the government will continue to develop the infrastructure required to strengthen Tasman’s reputation as an “attractive location” for existing business and potential interstate and overseas investors.<br />&nbsp</p>