Sunday 5th Jul, 2020

Victoria forms joint government and industry group for rail freight

John Holland has acquired RCR Tomlinson Group’s rail business in late December 2018, after the engineering firm was placed into voluntary administration.
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The Victorian Government has launched a joint government and industry group that aims to boost the capacity of the state’s rail freight sector.

The Rail Freight Working Group aims to facilitate communication between government and industry to progress key projects and deliver the best return possible on Victoria’s infrastructure investments.

“We’re working with industry experts to shape the future of Victoria’s rail freight industry, building its capacity and supporting Victoria’s vital export sector,” Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said.

It is comprised of members of the primary and freight industries and government agencies and will help determine the priorities for the network.

Members will include representatives from the Victorian Farmers Federation, the Department of Transport, VicTrack, V/Line and relevant ports.

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Victorian Public Transport Minister Melissa Horne said the new group will give operators and farmers a voice at the table as the State Government invests into the rail freight industry.

“Our working group will look at the entire freight supply chain – from farm to port – and make it easier for producers to get Victorian goods to the world,” she said.

Victoria’s Rural Assistance Commissioner, Peter Tuohey, will chair the group who said he was keen to be involved to work with Government and industry experts to push forward with key rail projects for Victoria.

The Victorian Government will continue to invest in rail freight infrastructure across the state to drive economic growth and create regional jobs for the state’s transport industry and agricultural sector.