Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee
Estimates hearings, 14 February 2012
Mr John Fullerton, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Senator RHIANNON: I would like to pick up on the Southern Sydney Freight Line. There were some responses to Senator Joyce a moment ago. What is the most recent estimate for the completion of the Southern Sydney Freight Line—I want to confirm that I heard correctly—I think you said January 2013?
Mr Fullerton: We expect it to be operating in January 2013.
Senator RHIANNON: Could you provide a breakdown of spending on this freight line—I was interested in maybe taking it on notice—by financial year and by spending category, and including there construction design and consultancy services? I was interested in having that understanding. Would it be best to take that on notice? Maybe if you can take that on notice because I thought that what I had read is that the 49 trains set out on page 6 were actual trains, so I am trying to understand what the average train movements per day in the Hunter Valley are and why there has been any discrepancy; if you could take that on notice, please.
Mr Fullerton: It may also referring to return trains; the 49 trains might be loaded trains versus the 88 which could be trains in both directions, but I will check that for you.
Senator RHIANNON: Thank you.