Work begins on NSW border to Acacia Ridge rail upgrade

The modernisation of the interstate rail network continues slowly, with work now underway on the upgrade of the line between the NSW border and the Brisbane suburb of Acacia Ridge.
 
The $55.8 million project – funded by the Federal Government – will replace existing timber sleepers with 105,000 new concrete sleepers and support 120 jobs.
 
As well as the replacement of sleepers, the project will also involve the provision of narrow-gauge access from Acacia Ridge to Bromelton and from Bromelton to Glenapp as well as the conversion of existing loops to dual gauge track.
 
ARTC CEO David Marchant explained the upgrade of the line north of the NSW border would improve the overall efficiency of the interstate network.
 
“Concrete sleepers in themselves may not sound significant, but they will greatly improve the track’s capacity and reduced transit times,” Mr Marchant said.
 
“Their use will also reduce the need for temporary speed restrictions in the summer months. Whereas wooden sleepers tend to buckle on extremely hot days, concrete sleepers hold the rail firmly in place.
 
“The upgrade is good news for the wider community as well. Not only will in create jobs and provide an immediate boost to the local economy, it will also allow more freight to be transported by rail – which, over time, will lead to fewer trucks on our roads.”
 
One 1,500-metre train can replace around 100 trucks.
 

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