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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2012
74 TABLE 1: Preparing the rail system for future challenges Resources Rail network. Develop the rail network that is needed to serve a rapidly growing resources sector. Three initiatives identified, but no specific proposals endorsed by IA for action by government. Several actions -- operational and infrastructure -- have been implemented to improve the efficiency of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain. The Commonwealth Government, in collaboration with the ARTC, has allocated funds to improve the rail network through the Hunter Valley. For the period 2008--12, QR planned to invest $2.1 billion to upgrade capacity for the Queensland coal rail network. For example, QR has allocated $185 million to the Goonyella rail system to lift coal haulage capacity. In 2008, BHP commenced a $1 billion rail improvement program for the Pilbara. North-South Rail Network. Improve the service standards on the main North-South rail corridor to permit it to operate at a level at which rail will be used for a greater share of the Melbourne-Brisbane freight task. ARTC is proceeding with construction of the Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL) as part of its $2.1 billion North-South improvement program, which was commenced in 2005. Other initiatives include concrete re-sleepering, passing loops/lanes and the development of Automatic Train Management System (ATMS). In December 2008, the federal government allocated a further $1.2 billion to support ARTC's program to improve the North-South rail corridor. In 2011, the Commonwealth and New South Wales signed an inter- government agreement to proceed with the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor as a jointly funded project between the federal ($840 million) and New South Wales ($214 million) governments. East-West Rail Network. Expand the capacity of the East-West rail network to ensure that future growth can be accommodated without a deterioration of service standards. Main projects that have secured funding include extension/upgrading capacity of passing loops ($32 million), re-railing of track ($407 million) and re-sleepering ($253 million). Appears to be a lack of initiatives to allow double stacking of containers in tunnels through the Adelaide Hills. Grain Networks. Clearly define the role of rail in the future carriage of grain exports and upgrade grain networks to ensure that this role can be performed efficiently. NSW Grain Freight Review and WA Grain Freight Network Review both completed. In its 2011 Budget, the New South Wales Government allocated $159 million to rail improvements on the Country Regional Network, which meets the government’s response to the New South Wales Grain Freight Rail Review. The Western Australian Government has committed $178.8 million over four years to bolster the state's grain freight network. The funding package is in addition to the federal government's commitment of $135 million announced in the 2010--11 Budget.