Tasmania Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson
TasRail’s Crucial Role Through Pandemic
Victor P Taffa
TasRail’s on-time schedule has hit record highs, as the organisation continues to play a crucial role in transporting freight for exporting, as well as moving retail and supermarket goods from the state’s north to the south.
In 2019-20, TasRail achieved on-time delivery of freight to customers 97.4 % of the time, which is a credit to the operational teams and the organisation as a whole, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson said.
Around 87 % of the freight carried by TasRail is exported from Tasmania, which demonstrates the importance of rail logistics to Tasmania’s mining, timber, manufacturing and freight forwarding industries.
Organisation is delivering a record capital program to revitalise the performance of the freight rail network in Tasmania, with funding from both the Tasmanian Liberal Government and the Federal Government.
With around $375 Million in capital for infrastructure renewal through the Freight Rail Revitalisation Program, Tasmanian industries who rely on TasRail for transporting freight will continue to have access to a high-quality service into the future.
Despite COVID-19-related travel and workplace restrictions, TasRail’s capital program for 2019-20 was delivered on time and on budget, supporting around 150 jobs in the civil construction industry in regional Tasmania.
“I’d like to thank and congratulate TasRail for this great result, and for their important role in transporting essential food and other cargo across the state, as well as freight exports to our ports through the pandemic.” Minister Ferguson said.