Murray Basin Rail Project video transcript

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[Title: Murray Basin Rail Project]

The Victorian Government is delivering the $440 million Murray Basin Rail Project. This involves upgrading and reactivating rail freight corridors in Victoria's Murray Basin region.

Improving these rail corridors, will deliver a number of benefits to regional freight, agriculture, horticulture and mining industries while ensuring important infrastructure is in place to cater for Victoria's growing export industries.

Works to upgrade and reactivate these important rail corridors involves:

  • standardising the rail lines by converting the existing broad gauge rail to standard gauge from Geelong to Mildura, Manangatang, Sea Lake and Murrayville
  • re-opening and upgrading existing unused standard-gauge connections between Maryborough and Ararat
  • upgrading rail between Gheringhap and Maryborough to dual gauge.

Works will also be undertaken to increase the axle loading of these rail lines from 19 tonnes to 21 tonnes, boosting the load capacity of each freight train and the efficiency of using rail freight to transport goods to the Port of Portland, Port of Geelong and Port of Melbourne for export.

Standardising the Murray Basin's rail network provides industry with better access to the national rail network enabling movement of goods such as grain, mineral sands, wheat and fresh produce to neighbouring states and to international markets.

The Murray Basin Rail Project will further benefit the state, industry and communities by allowing for:

  • an extra 500,000 tonnes of grain and an extra 450,000 tonnes of general freight including wine, fruit and nuts to be transported by rail per year
  • remove an estimated 20,000 truck trips from our roads every year
  • create almost 300 construction jobs
  • and provide regional economic opportunities including the production of concrete sleepers which will support more than 20 jobs at Austrak in Geelong.

This project is vital to meeting future demand for Victorian exports and to build a new competitive rail freight market for our farmers and industry.

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Page last updated: 24 January 2017