The Federal Government announced on Thursday a $44.7 million rail link between the Hunter coal line and the Inland Rail at Narrabri.
Through the Australian Rail Track Corporation, the thirty-five kilometre connection will allow greater capacity grain trains to come into the Port of Newcastle from western and north-western NSW.
Minister for Regional Communications, Regional Health and Local Government, Mark Coulton, said the project would be beneficial for agriculture amidst current trade tensions with China.
“Not only will this save farmers’ money, but it will also make Newcastle Port a favoured destination for export markets for farmers across a large part of New South Wales,” Mr Coulton said.
“That project will be well received, not only here in Newcastle, but right across the regions as well.”