A re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will facilitate a “rail weekend” every year that will open the state up to new and exciting tourism developments.
The operational rail lines will be available for pre-qualified tourist and heritage operations to gain access to the main train network at locations across the State.
This initiative will encourage growth in the heritage rail sector and has the potential to result in a boom tourism weekend all across the State, while also allowing locals and their families to get out and see their State from a whole new perspective.
We know that heritage rail operations have the potential to become visitor attractions in a number of Tasmania’s regions, and this is a great result that will showcase the enormous potential the sector has in Tasmania.
A re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will also facilitate more access to Tasmania’s non-operational rail network for tourism and heritage rail operators.
We know that a number of heritage rail operations want access to non-operational rail corridors throughout Tasmania, including in the Derwent Valley and in Hobart’s northern suburbs.
We are a strong supporter of tourist and heritage rail operations on Tasmania’s non-operational rail lines, as we want to open up more opportunities for tourism and local businesses.
We will provide Derwent Valley Rail access to a section of line in New Norfolk, allowing them to undertake necessary track works to the line.
This exciting development represents the next step in allowing them greater access to the line for tourism operations, subject to the approval of the National Rail Safety Regulator.
We will provide $25,000 to the Derwent Valley Rail organisation to enable planning work to get underway as soon as possible after the election.
We will also further assist the Tasmanian Transport Museum Society by requiring TasRail to reinstall level crossing equipment at three crossings on the South line at Hobart.
This will assist the Museum in their bid to achieve accreditation from the National Rail Safety Regulator to run heritage trains along this line as far as Berriedale, providing a new heritage rail experience for all to enjoy.
This comes after the Hodgman Liberal Government tabled a Corridor notice in Parliament last year that gave the TTMS access to the South line, and we will now provide the TTMS with $25,000 to assist them in finalising the accreditation processes with the Regulator and commence planning works.
This policy has been hailed as great news for tourism and heritage rail operators and organisations in Tasmania, and only a re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will deliver it.
The policy can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/HeritageRail