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Tasmania signs on to national rail future

PublishedMay 19, 2023

TasRail today joined with the Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson MP to sign the nationwide Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to make rail more competitive and interoperable across Australia.

 In December 2022, infrastructure and transport ministers agreed to several productivity and safety measures to enhance national rail interoperability. The MoC pledges rail operators, builders, manufacturers, and transport ministers to work together to make rail more interoperable across Australia, particularly for any future major rail investments.

 Tasmania now joins the Federal Government, the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), and several other states, as signatories to the agreement, with others set to follow.

 TasRail Chairman Stephen Cantwell said that the unified commitment to the MoC highlighted the importance of rail to both the economy and the supply chain in Australia.

 “It also increases the potential for innovation, local manufacturing, and skills and training standardisation. This, and the record investment of the Tasmanian Rail Revitalisation Program, will ensure a bright future for rail in Tasmania,” Mr Cantwell said.

 “While we are physically disconnected from mainland rail networks, we recognise the importance of being able to quickly and efficiently be able to move equipment and personnel between jurisdictions.”

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