Troy rail deviation officially opened
The new Troy Rail Deviation at Boothenba Road was today officially opened completing a critical link in the region’s heavy transport road network.
The official opening was conducted by the Mayor of Dubbo Councillor Mathew Dickerson and the Deputy Premier and Member for Dubbo the Hon Troy Grant, MP in the company of the Minister for Roads Maritime and Freight, the Hon Duncan Gay, MP, Dubbo City Councillors and agricultural and transport industry representatives.
Mayor of Dubbo Councillor Dickerson said the Troy Rail Deviation completes a critical “last mile” link among the Mitchell, Newell and Golden highways.
“Realigning the railway line at Troy Junction has long been identified as necessary to provide a safer more efficient transport route from the Newell Highway to the north Dubbo Industrial Area, the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets and Fletcher’s International,” Councillor Dickerson said.
The extensive project included raising and levelling sections of Troy Bridge Road to the West of the Newell Highway, the removal of disused buildings, relocation of electricity, water and sewer services as well as the road construction and realignment of 1km of the railway itself.
“This project has been a massive undertaking for Dubbo City Council and is a credit to Council staff and crews that have worked on this project,” Councillor Dickerson said.
Deputy Premier and Member for Dubbo the Hon Troy Grant said regional transport links are essential to strengthen regional economies.
“The Troy Rail Deviation is about getting trucks where they need to be across the shortest distance and in the shortest possible time,” Mr Grant said. “With the completion of this project trucks including B-doubles and road trains coming from west of the Newell Highway can shave 20 minutes of their journey saving money and creating better efficiencies.”
Mr Grant said this project further demonstrates our commitment to improving regional freight and transport infrastructure in NSW.”
“The Troy Rail Deviation is another great example of how major infrastructure projects with real economic benefit can be delivered with the cooperation of State and Local Government.”
“The physical relocation of the railway line 110 metres east of the original line, replacement of signals and lights of the level crossing and the associated road works is a complex task that would not be possible without the close cooperation of all partners,” Mr Grant said.
The project was funded with $4.5 million contribution from Roads and Maritime Services $2.8 million from Dubbo City Council. John Holland Rail also made an in kind contribution of 1,600 concrete sleepers.
Councillor Dickerson said the new alignment has improved safety for heavy vehicles and enabled Boothenba Road to be part of the designated route network for restricted vehicles which is essential for the region’s freight services.
Mayor of Dubbo Councillor Mathew Dickerson 0418 639 053
For Deputy Premier and Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant 6882 3577
Last Edited: 26 Feb 2016