Melba Line Train Operations Resume After Recent Flooding

Melba Line Train Operations Resume After Recent Flooding

Tasmania Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding

Critical West Coast Rail Line Reopens

Victor P Taffa

One of the State’s most important rail corridors has reopened after recent floods closed the Melba Line between Burnie and the West Coast, Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said.

In a confidence boost for the mining industry, the first train departed Burnie this morning for the MMG mine at Rosebery; resuming operations that were halted following a landslip on 6 June.

TasRail crews worked alongside VEC Civil Engineering in extremely difficult conditions to reopen the line, and are to be commended for their efforts.

Trains will now run twice a day on the Melba Line over the next week to move mineral concentrates to the Port of Burnie, with trucks also being used over the next couple of days to help catch up.

Rosebery mine is one of the largest employers in the region and one of the State-owned TasRail’s most important customers.

“The Government is pleased that even after such a significant flood event, disruptions have been kept to a minimum.” Mr. Hidding said.

With the Melba Line reopened, TasRail’s focus is now on completing repairs on the Western Line, including particularly the Kimberley Rail Bridge.

“The State Government is working across our departments and businesses, such as TasRail, to help Tasmanians to recover from the recent floods, which had a devastating impact on families and businesses across the State.”

“We are providing a range of grants and financial assistance to support those affected.” Mr. Hidding said.