Illawarra rail ‘missing link’ pushed forward

 Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced an extra $25.5 million for the Maldon to Dombarton rail link to assist the mining sector.

The announcement was welcomed by the CFMEU, who said the funding is an important step in completing NSW’s rail infrastructure, according to The Age.

"Output at some mines is currently limited by restrictions on large truck movements to Port Kembla," CFMEU general vice president Wayne McAndrew stated.

"While this is a welcome development – it must be followed through with a commitment to get on and complete the rail link."

Gillard explained that the rail link will aid the mining sector as well as freeing up capacity along current rail lines for increased passenger services.

The project will involve laying around 35 kilometres of rail from the Main North South Line to Port Kembla via Dombarton.

This comes as Gujarat NRE announced it received the green light for the upgrade of its No.1 coal mine at Russell Vale, in the Illawarra region.

The NSW Planning Assessment Commission gave approval for the $122 million upgrade of existing infrastructure at the mine.

Image: Illawarra Mercury

 

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