“The reopening of the Ararat to Maryborough line for driver training is a significant step forward as we get on with the job to help our primary producers get more produce to port. This stage of the project has supported hundreds of local jobs, delivered real economic benefits to rural communities and will provide long lasting support to Victorian farmers and businesses,” Ms Allan said.
McConnell Dowell Martinus Rail (MMJV) is delivering on behalf of V/Line, and according to MMJV Project Director, Kevin McAlpine, he’s proud of his whole team and the important, high quality work completed to date.
“Our project crews have achieved exceptionally high-levels of production across the board, and we are all excited to see the Ararat to Maryborough line reopen for driver training,” Mr McAlpine said.
A phased return of freight services to the Mildura line is also underway, with sections of the track progressively opening from south to north.
On the day, Victorian Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan was accompanied by Federal Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, who said the Murray Basin Rail Project was supporting farmers, their families and the region’s economy by investing in transport infrastructure.
The Australian Government has committed $240.2 million and the Victorian Government $199.8 million to fund the Murray Basin Rail Project. Construction started in early 2015 and is due for completion by late 2018. For more information, visit www.murraybasinrailproject.com.au