Rail line upgrades delayed
PASSERS-BY may have noticed railway sleepers lining roadsides in the past week with intended line maintenance brought to a standstill.
About 6000 timber sleepers were transported to the Warwick–Wallangarra section of track in anticipation of sleeper replacement work, yet the project came to a halt and repair work was put on standby.
Queensland Rail chief executive officer Nick Easy said maintenance crews had been tasked with more “high priority areas”.
“A physical inspection of the track identified that the number of sleepers requiring replacement was considerably less than the theoretical deterioration rate calculated.
“Simultaneous inspections of the central line from Emerald to Clermont and Emerald to Drummond identified sleepers in these areas were deteriorating more rapidly.
“Work will recommence next week between Warwick and Wallangarra, with approximately 1000 sleepers expected to be replaced.
The remaining sleepers will be delivered to Warwick for use in ongoing local projects,” Mr Easy said.