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Melba Line Upgrade

Project Cost: $15.7 million
Timeframe: May 2010 – June 2013
Funding source: Australian Government (Nation Building)
Works partners: VEC, Downer EDI, Digga,

Overview: Refurbishment of higher risk sections of the network between Burnie to Melba Flats, including laying of 28,918 new sleepers and 907 metres of new rail, re-ballasting and tamping works. Two bridges were replaced, seven level crossings were upgraded and some 675 rail joints welded.

Project Objectives:
• Remove a number of track speed restrictions to support expanded frequency of services for existing customers
• Improve operational safety
• Improve the reliability of this strategically important route that supports West Coast industries