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ARTC completion of Togar crossing loop helps open up Gunnedah Coal Basin.

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John Anderson MP Federal Member for Gwydir Electorate.

Tuesday, 5 December 2006

The Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd (ARTC) has announced the completion and commissioning of the newly extended 1350 metre crossing loop at Togar near Scone on its Hunter Valley rail network to Werris Creek, Federal Member for Gwydir, John

Anderson, said today. “The ARTC is a wholly Federal Government-owned corporation, and it runs the national rail track network,” Mr Anderson said. “Following my negotiation with the NSW Government of a sixty year lease over the NSW interstate track network, the ARTC runs the Hunter Valley line,” Mr Anderson said. ARTC with its joint venture alliance partner Transport Express Joint Venture (TEJV) and Union Switch and Signal Pty Ltd (US&S) have constructed a 630 metre extension on the Sydney side of the existing crossing loop to create a crossing loop with a completed length of 1350 metres. The work, which commenced in late August 2006, has been completed on time and includes earthworks, culvert extension for the new track location, construction of the new track and turnout and associated signalling works. The work forms part of the $389 million Hunter Valley upgrade ARTC is entering into with the coal industry. The work cost $4.9 million and it is estimated that the Togar loop has increased rail capacity from the Gunnedah basin from 3.5million tonnes per annum (MTPA) to 5.75 mtpa. “This is a solid improvement which increases capacity and reduces transit times on our rail system. The

constant improvement in line performance is enabling the opening up of the Gunnedah Coal Basin and is bringing real benefits to the area,” Mr Anderson concluded.

ARTC Completion Of Togar Crossing Loop Helps Open Up Gunnedah Coal Basin