Sleeper upgrades completed as part of $100 million transport stimulus package

Almost $100,000 worth of work has been done to upgrade steel sleepers on two sections of the rail line between Dubbo and the Orange Junction, as part of a stimulus program aimed at accelerating prioritised transport projects across the state

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the projects are among 150 road and rail projects to be delivered under the $100 million stimulus package, funded by the NSW Government’s $2.3 billion COVID-19 package announced last March, to help keep regional economies ticking and to create local jobs.

“The Accelerated Capital Maintenance (ACM) program was designed to fast-track projects that have proven a lifeline for our community – delivering safer roads and stronger freight and rail connections, as well as creating local jobs when they were needed most,” Mr Saunders said.

“The package allowed Transport for NSW to bring forward and deliver projects in addition to its planned program of work.

“Each of the rail projects in our region have supported five jobs, and we have also been able to engage local suppliers across NSW, providing a much-needed boost for businesses in the bush.”

“Statewide, this program alone has delivered 400 kilometres of rumble strips, which reduce the risk of head-on and run-off-road crashes by up to 25 percent, upgraded 200 kilometres of rail line, and it continues the NSW Government’s push to create a safer, stronger regional NSW.”

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