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Ensuring West Coast Wilderness Railway’s long-term future

May 11, 2023
The West Coast Wilderness Railway is preparing for major infrastructure project works over winter

To allow for earth and bridge works along the 35km stretch of line, WCWR is ceasing passenger services from the following dates:

Strahan services: from 28 February 2023
Queenstown services: from 5 June 2023

During this time, cafes, retail and museums will operate as normal and rail division staff will continue to complete other maintenance and project work. All staff are being maintained throughout this works period as they would normally expect throughout the winter season.

Whilst this was a hard decision as it impacts booked passengers throughout the winter season, we are excited to complete this important work, which will improve our service reliability and ability to cope with growing demand across the West Coast region.

We are working internally to establish the order of works to be completed, which will inform our approach to a phased reopening in time for the 23/24 season.

We recognise the State Government's support in enabling this work and securing our long term future. For more on this, please see here.

Update May 2023

On 5 May 2023, the Tasmanian State Government announced a special release grants program for small businesses based in the West Coast region impacted by the WCWR temporary closure. Details of the grants program can be found here.

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