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Thursday, 31 March 1966

The following answers to questions upon notice were circulated -

Interstate Rail Traffic. (Question No. 1885.)

Mr Freeth - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows -


The standard gauge line between Melbourne and Wodonga was opened for goods traffic on 3rd January 1961. There has been a significant increase in the tonnage of freight carried between New South Wales and Victoria since that date. Taking 1960-61 as the base year (the last full year before completion of this standard gauge line), the increase between 1960-61 and 1964-65 for freight from New South Wales to Victoria amounted to 68.4 per cent., and from Victoria to New South Wales 91.1 per cent.


This standard gauge line was opened for passenger traffic on 16th April 1962. Detailed statis tics of interstate passenger movements are not maintained by all State Railways. The only statistics of passenger movements on this standard gauge line which are available cover southward movements, namely -


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