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The Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2019-20 State Budget includes a substantial investment of $16 million over four years to support the West Coast Wilderness Railway.

Bell Bay rail freight axed

Posted in Tasmanian Rail News on 2010-01-11 12:20:40

The Tasmanian Government is suspending rail services to Bell Bay in northern Tasmania in favour of services to Burnie in the north-west.

A month after taking control of rail operations as the Tasmanian Railway Company the government is suspending operations between Hobart and Bell Bay.

Better rail advocate to head probe

Posted in Tasmanian Rail News on 2005-10-18 13:30:15

A senior Tasmanian transport bureaucrat who told the Federal Government last year that the Tasmanian rail network needed a $215 million upgrade is to head up a joint study.

FEDERAL taxpayers face a multi-million-dollar bailout of a loss-making Tasmanian tourism railway in a key marginal seat.

Labor MP for the federal seat of Braddon, Sid Sidebottom, told The Australian yesterday he had asked the Tasmanian government to advise Canberra "what it had in mind" for federal help to save the West Coast Wilderness Railway.

Private operator Federal Group has announced the tourist attraction will close on April 30 because the $15 million to $20m needed to upgrade the state-owned track had made the service unviable. The Labor state government has refused to meet the cost, saying it cannot afford it, and Infrastructure Minister David O'Byrne yesterday confirmed an approach would be made to the Gillard government.

Mr Sidebottom, whose seat in Tasmania's west the Liberals are confident of winning at the September 14 election, said he had approached three federal cabinet ministers about the issue.

Behind the train tangle

Posted in Tasmanian Rail News on 2005-12-14 09:56:25

Tasmanians could be forgiven for wondering what on earth is happening behind the scenes in the continuing wrangle between the Lennon Government and the Federal Government over funding to fix the State's rail network.

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