Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

10,000 steel welds completed on the Adelaide—Tarcoola Rail

Media Release


05 May 2017

Joint release with:

Rowan Ramsey

Federal Member for Grey

Today marks a major milestone with the successful completion of 10,000 perfect welds to create new rail tracks on the Adelaide-Tarcoola Rail Upgrade Acceleration project in South Australia.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the multi-million dollar upgrade would enable heavier and faster trains to travel along the 720 kilometre stretch.

“More productive trains means greater payloads and getting goods to market quicker,” Mr Chester said.

“This 10,000 weld milestone is good news for our farmers and miners competing on a global stage, and for domestic consumers who will benefit from more cost effective transport.

“The Australian Government has fully funded this $252 million project that will allow faster and heavier trains on the important East-West interstate rail link.”

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the upgrade would replace old rail with stronger steel, allowing more productive freight trains with greater payloads to cross the nation.

“This stretch is a critical link in the national supply chain, with 80 per cent of the items transported on land between Australia's east coast and west coast travelling by rail,” Mr Ramsey said.

“It's also supporting jobs with up to 130 people employed over the three year life of the project, and using steel sourced from Arrium's Whyalla steel mill.

“The work being done here involves a flashbutt welder charging two lengths so they are joined with a current, heating them up to about 2000ºC and applying pressure so they melt together.

“The next stage of the works will see these rails connected to make longer lengths using a field flashbutt welder, before the rail is laid and final joins completed using more traditional welding methods.”

The $252 million Adelaide–Tarcoola Rail Upgrade Acceleration project is fully funded by the Australian Government.