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The new 36 kilometre Southern Sydney Freight Line has commenced operations, a $1 billion piece of infrastructure which will speed up the movement of trains through Sydney and improve the overall competitiveness and reliability of the nation's Interstate Rail Freight Network…...
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is undertaking a program of works to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of rail freight services along the North-South Rail Corridor between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. A major bottleneck in the rail freight network currently exists in southern Sydney, where freight trains share existing rail lines with the Sydney metropolitan passenger services operated by RailCorp. Further, there is a curfew for rail trains during morning and afternoon peak periods and freight services are not permitted to run. As a result, freight services cannot arrive or depart Sydney at the optimum times.
To alleviate this bottleneck, the ARTC is constructing the Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL), which will provide a dedicated freight line for a distance of 36 kilometres between Birrong and Macarthur in southern Sydney. The SSFL will provide a third track in the rail corridor specifically for freight services, allowing passenger and freight services to operate independently.
Construction of 5 kilometres of new freight line between Birrong and Leightonfield including a rail underpass known as a “Dive” under RailCorps’ Bankstown Line has now been completed.
ARTC has selected Leighton Contractors to deliver the final stage of the Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL) in an Alliance contract.The Alliance will complete the construction of the SSFL between Leightonfield and Glenlee.
The transition into the final stage will occur in early December 2011.
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