A new train line connecting Melbourne to Hobart will be opened up in the next few weeks with the opening of the first of the new BNSFS Express Rail Service (IRTC) railway lines, which will also link up to the Hobart-Brisbane line.
The new lines will run from the Melbourne CBD to Hobarts and will link up alongside the existing BNSFW rail network.
The BNSFB line, which has not yet been announced, will be the first line of the project and will be built on the existing line which connects the two stations of the existing rail network, as well as the existing freight and passenger rail network between Hobart and Hobart.
According to a press release from the BNS FBT, the first two trains, which are scheduled to arrive in October, will travel between Hobarts, Hobart CBD and Brisbane CBD.
A fourth train, which is scheduled to leave Hobart on October 23, will follow the first train, with a total of six trains scheduled to travel between the two cities.
BNSFB said that the line will provide passengers with a direct route to Melbourne’s CBD and will provide a direct connection to the existing train network.
“It is also important to note that the first trains are already running on a track that is currently under construction,” the release said.
“This new line will be able to connect to existing freight, passenger and freight rail lines, enabling commuters to take advantage of the improved travel times in the CBD.”BNSFFB said it is committed to ensuring the line meets the requirements for the new rail network and the train will run as long as required.
Railway Express Agency chairman Paul Johnson said the project is a significant step in the railway’s transformation.
“The line will have significant benefit for passengers, freight and freight businesses, and for commuters who will have a direct and easy connection to their destinations,” he said.
Johnson said the line has already seen significant investments by the company.
“(It) will be very easy for commuters to use the train and to make their journey of choice.”
“It will be an important link between the CBD and the airport and we’re confident it will make a significant contribution to the growth of the CBD,” he added.
The project will involve upgrading the existing track, the existing signalling system, signalling, track management, signalling equipment, and track inspection, among other projects.
There will be a new signalling system installed and two new tracks, one at the southern end of the line and one at its northern end, will connect the train to the new track.
At a time when the city is undergoing major growth, the line is expected to be a significant improvement for commuters and freight operations, Johnson said.
Mr Johnson said he expected the line to be fully operational by the end of 2020.
With the line now in operation, there will be further upgrades to the signalling system and the existing tracks and signalling will be upgraded and the system will be installed at the end the year.
More to come.