One of the most sought after and appreciated initiatives by the government of Australia, The National Rail Program is also known as NRP is a massive and long term program aimed at the development of both the Australian public and private sectors. The aim of this program is to improve and enhance the efficiency of the widespread railway system of the country that connects the cities and the countrysides around it as well as cater the smaller regions in the vicinity of bigger cities. The programs aim to achieve its main goal and the objectives associated to it in a time span of around a decade and by spending around $10 billion over it during this time. A variety of railway projects and numerous rail training courses have been funded under this massive and great initiative and funding for more can also be expected in the upcoming time.
The project started somewhere in 2017 and is expected to endow the country with a lot of train projects by the end of 2027 thus making the country stronger and better in every term. Here are some of the projects that have been funded by the program by now:
- Western Sydney Rail: One of the greatest upcoming railway project aimed at connecting St Marys to Bringelly has been funded $3.5 billion by NRP for its development.
- Melbourne Airport Rail Link: Due to the project, a lot of people will be provided with an ease in their daily lives transportations and that is why NRP has provided the project’s managers with an amount of $2.5 billion while another $2.5 billion has also been funded under the Infrastructure Investment Program to this project as well.
- Network between Geelong and Melbourne: This is yet another amazing railway project that will soon be completed connecting the Melbourne city with Geelong. The National program has funded this project with a $2.5 billion for its successful completion.
- METRONET in Perth: This already functional railway line needed a lot of inclusions and newer pathways that the NRP has funded for. With an amount of $1.1 billion provided by the national Railway Program, the METRONET in Perth will be getting development of newer stages soon.
Other Notable funding made Under NRP:
Other than the major projects as stated above, the NRP is also funding and proving itself as advantageous for some incomplete and smaller railway tracking projects too. Funding of $475 million has been made for the construction of a track at Monash Precinct in Melbourne. The two funded projects of $220 million and $390 million under the same program will be initiated to complete the Gawler line’s electrification located in Adelaide and for the upgradation of Beerburrum to Nambour line in Queensland respectively. Moreover, a fund of $112 million has also been provided for the updated working in Gold Coast Light Rail Stage too.