THE Western Australia-based CBH Group has signed a one-year extension to its current interim access agreement with infrastructure provider Brookfield Rail.
The agreement, announced in early December, provides rail track access for the 12 months from 1 January to 31 December 2017 while arbitration for a long-term access agreement continues.
CBH Group general manager of operations David Capper said the extended interim agreement with Brookfield allowed the use of Tier 1 and Tier 2 rail lines as well as the state’s Miling line.
“The agreement allows us to continue our operation on Brookfield Rail lines and gives our growers some certainty as we continue to seek a long-term access agreement under the Railways Access Code administered by the ERA.
“The arbitration process is ongoing, with a hearing expected to take place during 2017,” Mr Capper said.
NSW regional fleet replacement fast-tracked
REPLACEMENT of New South Wales’ aging regional passenger rail fleet has been accelerated by two years.
In a news release, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the program would start with the replacement of the Express Passenger Trains (XPTs) which entered service from April 1982.
“An extra $15 million has been added to an original $35m commitment and a procurement process for the new XPTs will be kicking off in the first half of 2017,” Mr Constance said.
The new fleet will replace 60 XPT passenger cars currently operating between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Dubbo.
Opportunities to replace more than 50 XPLORER and Endeavour carriages will also be investigated as part of the work.