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New South Wales rail upgrades

Question No. 352

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, upon notice, on 13 December 2010:

With reference to rail upgrades in New South Wales by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC):
(1) Has there been any reduction in transit time for the Brisbane to Sydney XPT over the past 3 years due to various track upgrades undertaken by the ARTC; if so, by how many minutes.
(2) Is any reduction in transit time for the Brisbane to Sydney XPT planned over the next 5 months due to various track upgrades undertaken by the ARTC.
(3) Has there been any reduction in transit time for the Casino to Sydney XPT over the past 3 years due to various track upgrades undertaken by the ARTC; if so, by how many minutes.
(4) Is any reduction in transit time for the Casino to Sydney XPT planned over the next 5 months due to various track upgrades undertaken by the ARTC.

Senator Carr - The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Following completion of ARTC's Centralised Train Control System and removal of the electric staff system between Casino and Greenbank, in October 2009 the Brisbane to Sydney XPT was re-timetabled to arrive 45 minutes earlier at Broadmeadow.
(2) No. The North Coast Curve Easing project being undertaken by ARTC as part of the Rail Productivity Improvements Package, announced in the 2010-11 Budget, will result in transit time reductions for XPT services from late 2011.
(3) No.
(4) No. The North Coast Curve Easing project being undertaken by ARTC, as part of the Productivity Improvements package announced in the 2010-11 Budget, will result in transit time reductions for XPT services from late 2011. 

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