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Abt Railway

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The Abt railway passenger and freight services (operated as the West Coast Wilderness Railway) will be suspended from the end of April 2013 when Federal Holdings Tasmania Pty Ltd surrenders its lease for the railway.

This suspension will enable major capital improvements to be made with funding of up to $6 million from the Commonwealth Government to restore the Abt railway to ensure the railway continues to operate at a safe standard.

The Abt Railway has become an important feature of the tourism industry and economy of the West Coast of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government is working to have the railway operational for the 2013-14 tourist season.

A cross agency working group, led by the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources, has been established to assist with the transition of the railway to a new operator and to manage the work that needs to be completed to meet the safety standards.

The State Government has announced funding of up to $1.5 million per year for four years to underwrite operation of the Abt railway. An Expression of Interest process for a new operator is being coordinated by KPMG on behalf of the Abt Railway Management Corporation (ARMC) and was advertised on 5 April 2013.

If you are interested in submitting an Expression of Interest please contact Matthew Wallace on 6230 4000 or at Applications for the Expressions of Interest process close 22 April 2013.

Key staff employed on the Abt Railway by Federal Holdings Tasmania in the past are being employed the ARMC to aid the transition to a new operator. The ARMC will operate the Abt railway while the capital improvements to the railway infrastructure are undertaken. For further information about the Abt Railway, its history and management please refer to the ARMC Annual Report 2012, (PDF)

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