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Concrete Sleeper Program

Project Cost: $46 million
Timeframe: November 2012 – June 2014
Funding: Australian Government (Nation Building)
Works partner: Downer EDI

Overview: The Concrete Sleeper Project incorporated the ballast cleaning of approximately 70 kilometres of track, the supply and installation of nearly 100,000 concrete sleepers and the installation of 64,000 metres of rail across priority areas of the network between Brighton and Burnie (equal to replacement of approximately 20 per cent of sleepers and 10 per cent of rail). The concrete sleepers were installed in track sections incorporating 200 metre radius curves or less.

Project Objectives: Improve track safety, stability and reliability. Reduce track buckles, derailment risk, track speed restrictions, transit times and track maintenance costs.