Efficient Freight And Passenger Railways Are Good For Tasmania

Efficient Freight And Passenger Railways Are Good For Tasmania

Tasmania Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Companies Benefit From Rail Upgrades

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said that an efficient freight system in Tasmania is critical to supporting economic growth and job creation, which is the Hodgman Government’s number one priority.

“I am pleased to announce TasRail has recently awarded a contract for the upgrade of 10 priority level crossings at Burnie and the Melba Line to Tasmanian company Gradco, in partnership with NuGroup.” Mr. Hidding said.

“This is in line with our Buy Local policy, and will help stimulate the local economy, secure jobs and encourage more growth in the sector.”

This project is valued at around $2.6 Million, including materials, services and project administration costs, with works expected to commence later this month ahead of a January completion date.

9 tenders have already been awarded under the Tasmanian Rail Revitalisation Program, with Tasmanian companies well represented in the tenders awarded to date.

“It’s fantastic for Tasmanian businesses and workers in the sector, in addition to the many local businesses and suppliers also benefitting through the purchase of goods and services, accommodation, meals, refreshments, fuel and other consumables.”

“I congratulate Gradco on being awarded this contract and I look forward to announcing further contracts under the Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Program.” Mr. Hidding said.

TAS Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding

TAS Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding








Passenger Rail Services

Passenger Rail Services last operated in Tasmania in 1978 and is a mystery as baffling as the whereabouts of the Tasmanian Tiger as to why Passenger services do not operate.

Peak Hour Traffic congestion may not be anywhere as severe as it is in Sydney or Melbourne but nevertheless it is relative to population size and conditions.

Both Labor/Greens and Liberal State Governments are guilty of abandoning Passenger Rail Services and laugh at the plan, idea and enormous benefits of a roll-on roll-off Rail Ferry across Bass Strait for Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia.

The Greens Party is no better as they have an obsession with Light Rail and ignore the need for Heavy Rail Passenger Trains and an Industry required to generate electricity to operate them.