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MR Stage 2 works complete


WORKS UPDATE 23.03.2022

MR Stage 2 works complete

The major upgrade of the Midlands Railway (MR) will help achieve the common goal of more grain on rail.

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Arc teams have completed work on Stage 2 of the Midlands Railway (MR) resleepering project, as part of the seven-year upgrade program that will see $54m invested in this line, which runs from Midland to Geraldton.

The team completed work on the Moora to Mooliabeenee section in December, after resleepering between Narngulu and Dongara earlier in the year – an outstanding result, with works carried out by Arc’s Mobile Maintenance Team (MMT).

The MR is the link to the northern section of Arc’s network, connecting the Eastern Goldfields Railway (EGR) line to Geraldton. The MR line is used exclusively to transport WA grain to the ports of Geraldton and Kwinana.

Stage 2 works took place throughout 2021, including the replacement of 36,400 timber sleepers with heavy duty steel sleepers, approximately 37,000 tonnes of ballast top-up, resleepering of 15 non-bitumen sealed level crossings with low profile concrete sleepers, and resurfacing of 134km of track.

The MR major upgrade works complement the State government’s commitment to contribute to funding the four priority rail projects that CBH and Arc have been working on since 2019 to achieve the common goal of getting more grain on rail in regional Western Australia.

Stage 3 of the MR resleepering project is now underway.

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