THE FEDERAL Government has committed $6 million to cover urgent repairs to the West Coast Wilderness Railway.
Labor Braddon MHR Sid Sidebottom and federal Transport minister Anthony Albanese announced the deal at Queenstown yesterday.
Mr Albanese said the federal funding was subject to the State Government finding an operator for the heritage railway, and committing to cover the $2 million in annual maintenance costs for four years.
The State Government has previously said it would help cover maintenance costs.
The railway was to close on April 30 after Federal Group pulled out of its 20-year operational lease, claiming it could not cover spiralling maintenance costs.
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