Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Government has announced the completion of an upgrade to the Dubbo Rail Triangle, which improves access for trains travelling throughout the state via this busy central junction point.

The upgrade will offer improved travel times and increase efficiency for all trains that travel in and around Dubbo.

The completion of the upgrade also allows freight to arrive at destinations on time more regularly, as well as helps to meet deadlines for domestic and export customers.

"By cutting travel times at the Triangle, we also deliver flow on benefits to other critical road corridors."

NSW deputy premier and member for Dubbo Troy Grant and minister for roads, maritime and freight Duncan Gay said: "Prior to the upgrade, switches for rail and road traffic at the Triangle needed to be manually operated.

"Now, the Triangle has new automatic switches, which will save trains up to 15min travel time.

"Some of the key routes to benefit include between Parkes and Cobar, northern NSW and Coonamble, and southern NSW and Orange."

The upgrade to the Dubbo Rail Triangle will also deliver benefits to surrounding roads, which previously experienced heavy traffic build up due to train delays.

Gay further noted: "By cutting travel times at the Triangle, we also deliver flow on benefits to other critical road corridors, including Wheelers Lane and Cobbora Road with reduced delays at level crossings.

"Wheelers Lane in particular experiences 20,000 vehicle movements per day, making it one of the main roads into the city of Dubbo.

"Due to the importance of Wheelers Lane, we will also be investing an extra $865,000 for further upgrades, including the installation of high-intensity LED lights, bells, reflective boom gates and pedestrian facilities such as automated swing gates to boost safety."

For the A$1.66m ($1.2m) project, the NSW government contributed A$1.36m ($1m) while Australian Rail Track Corporation provided A$300,000 ($220,590).

In the 2015-16 state budget, the NSW Liberals and Nationals government is committed to delivering vital infrastructure upgrades to Country Rail lines investing A$209m ($153m) to upgrade and maintain the Country Rail network, including A$56m ($41m) for grain rail lines.