Coal train support rail yard approved for the Hunter

Pacific National has announced the construction of a $110 million train support rail yard at Greta, in the Hunter Valley.

The NSW Planning Department approved development of the 49.3 hectare site, which will begin construction in June, according The Herald.

The yard is designed to support Pacific National’s existing coal haulage operations and increase efficiency as well as capacity of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain, which often faces significant log jams.

"With coal exports through the Port of Newcastle forecast to double over the next five years, this investment is critical to delivering efficient, effective and sustainable coal haulage services," Pacific National coal director David Irwin said.

The Greta rail project is expected to create around 550 jobs.

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