Mildura Railway Line Reopens As Standard Gauge

Mildura Railway Line Reopens As Standard Gauge

Victoria Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford

Murray Basin Rail Project Reopens The Mildura Line

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government has welcomed back the return of freight trains to the Mildura line following major track upgrades as part of the $440 Million Murray Basin Rail Project.

“Murray Basin Rail Project is reconnecting Victoria’s north west with our major ports in Portland, Geelong and Melbourne and providing long lasting support to Victorian farmers and businesses.” Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said.

“Mildura line is one of our busiest rail freight links, playing a key role in transporting the Murray Basin region’s grain, mineral sands, fruit, vegetables and wine to our ports and to the world.”

 

A freight train bound for Melbourne left Merbein today, marking the return of services to the line after a 7-month closure for works to upgrade and convert the track from broad gauge to standard gauge.

Wakefield Transport Group container train will travel to the Port of Melbourne via the recently reopened Maryborough to Ararat line, which has also been upgraded through the Murray Basin Rail Project.

Reopening the Mildura line reconnects primary producers and freight operators in Victoria’s north west with the state’s major ports.

More than 500 workers, including 220 from regional Victoria, have been employed on the project.

As well as standardising the line, works have increased axle loading from 19 tonnes to 21 tonnes, which will allow trains to carry additional freight.

Project team sourced major materials such as ballast, concrete sleepers, fasteners and crossings from Victorian suppliers and engaged more than 40 businesses from central Victoria to provide a range of services.

“Murray Basin Rail project is creating local jobs during construction, providing a welcome boost to towns in central and north-western Victoria.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.

“Once finished, it will provide better connections into Portland, Geelong and Melbourne, taking trucks off our roads and moving more freight by rail.”

Next stage of the Murray Basin Rail Project will upgrade the Sea Lake and Manangatang lines.

Murray Basin Rail Project is jointly funded by the Federal and Victorian governments.