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Narromine to Narrabri (NSW)

Narromine to Narrabri (N2N) is one of 13 projects that completes the Inland Rail and comprises approximately 300km of new track. It is the longest project within Inland Rail.

This new track will reduce transit times and complete one of the missing freight rail links between Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.

The alignment

The study area for the Narromine to Narrabri section of Inland Rail has been finalised following a number of field studies and complementary investigations. The study area is generally 2km wide and is up to 5km wide in some areas, this is the area within which ARTC will undertake further environmental surveys and studies as well as progressing engineering design work to help us determine where in the study area the final 40 – 60 metre wide rail corridor will go.

The ARTC Narromine to Narrabri Options Report provides detailed information on the process by which the Study Area was chosen together with the factors taken into consideration.

Progress

The project team notified landowners identified to be within the project study area and held community information meetings during December 2017. The community information meetings were to discuss the route selection process, the next phase of design and the timeframes to determine the rail corridor. The community information meeting presentation and meeting notes are below:

Next steps

The Narromine to Narrabri project is now in the Project Feasibility phase. During this phase, ARTC will undertake further detailed field investigations in the study area. The investigations are for low impact activities and will include:

  • geotechnical surveys – to check ground conditions
  • ecological surveys – to identify habitats and/or species that exist in the area
  • cultural heritage surveys – investigations for any evidence of Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal artefacts/heritage
  • utility identification surveys – to identify infrastructure water pipelines and communication and electrical cables
  • noise, air quality and vibration surveys – to measure background noise, air quality and vibration levels.

The investigations will help us determine where in the study area the final 40 – 60 metre wide rail corridor will go.

To view the full range of our studies, please refer to our Environmental Field Studies factsheet.

The results from these assessments will be used for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS assesses the environmental, social and economic impacts associated with the construction and operation of the Narromine to Narrabri section of Inland Rail and recommends measures to minimise and manage potential impacts.

Community consultation

We are committed to working with communities and landowners as a vital part of our works, and we value your input. Local communities and landowners have been contributing to our understanding of the study area for more than two years, and ARTC will continue to work with landowners and communities to make sure local knowledge and experience is taken into account as the project progresses.

As part of this ongoing dialogue, ARTC commenced the next stage of consultation with landowners within the final study area in mid-February to discuss potential property matters and other issues. With close to 300 landowners to meet, we will continue meetings throughout the coming months and are anticipating to be completed by mid-2018. Consultation commenced in Narromine and will progress towards Narrabri.

These meetings are important for landowners as the project team will discuss the project in detail and outline plans for future field investigations for which we may request the agreement of landowners for access to their property. Any landowner is completely free to agree or not agree to grant us access, and agreement can be withdrawn at any time for any reason.

The project team are contacting all landowners to arrange a meeting, however, please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone 1800 732 761 (toll free) or email inlandrailnsw@artc.com.au.

Community Consultative Committee

ARTC is currently establishing Community Consultative Committees for the Narromine to Narrabri Inland Rail project. Consultative committees are a forum where Inland Rail information can be shared between the project team and the community, topics of interest discussed and issues and concerns addressed. The role of the committee is to bring representative views to the committee and to help disseminate information throughout the community.

Three committees will be established, one each for the areas generally around Narromine, Gilgandra and Narrabri, recognising that landowners and communities face different issues for ARTC to address as the project investigations progress.

Nominations for the Committees closed on Friday 15 June 2018 and are currently being considered.

Contact us

You can have your questions answered about the project by contacting us directly, or asking us a question.

Narromine to Narrabri (N2N) is one of 13 projects that completes the Inland Rail and comprises approximately 300km of new track. It is the longest project within Inland Rail.

This new track will reduce transit times and complete one of the missing freight rail links between Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.

The alignment

The study area for the Narromine to Narrabri section of Inland Rail has been finalised following a number of field studies and complementary investigations. The study area is generally 2km wide and is up to 5km wide in some areas, this is the area within which ARTC will undertake further environmental surveys and studies as well as progressing engineering design work to help us determine where in the study area the final 40 – 60 metre wide rail corridor will go.

The ARTC Narromine to Narrabri Options Report provides detailed information on the process by which the Study Area was chosen together with the factors taken into consideration.

Progress

The project team notified landowners identified to be within the project study area and held community information meetings during December 2017. The community information meetings were to discuss the route selection process, the next phase of design and the timeframes to determine the rail corridor. The community information meeting presentation and meeting notes are below:

Next steps

The Narromine to Narrabri project is now in the Project Feasibility phase. During this phase, ARTC will undertake further detailed field investigations in the study area. The investigations are for low impact activities and will include:

  • geotechnical surveys – to check ground conditions
  • ecological surveys – to identify habitats and/or species that exist in the area
  • cultural heritage surveys – investigations for any evidence of Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal artefacts/heritage
  • utility identification surveys – to identify infrastructure water pipelines and communication and electrical cables
  • noise, air quality and vibration surveys – to measure background noise, air quality and vibration levels.

The investigations will help us determine where in the study area the final 40 – 60 metre wide rail corridor will go.

To view the full range of our studies, please refer to our Environmental Field Studies factsheet.

The results from these assessments will be used for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS assesses the environmental, social and economic impacts associated with the construction and operation of the Narromine to Narrabri section of Inland Rail and recommends measures to minimise and manage potential impacts.

Community consultation

We are committed to working with communities and landowners as a vital part of our works, and we value your input. Local communities and landowners have been contributing to our understanding of the study area for more than two years, and ARTC will continue to work with landowners and communities to make sure local knowledge and experience is taken into account as the project progresses.

As part of this ongoing dialogue, ARTC commenced the next stage of consultation with landowners within the final study area in mid-February to discuss potential property matters and other issues. With close to 300 landowners to meet, we will continue meetings throughout the coming months and are anticipating to be completed by mid-2018. Consultation commenced in Narromine and will progress towards Narrabri.

These meetings are important for landowners as the project team will discuss the project in detail and outline plans for future field investigations for which we may request the agreement of landowners for access to their property. Any landowner is completely free to agree or not agree to grant us access, and agreement can be withdrawn at any time for any reason.

The project team are contacting all landowners to arrange a meeting, however, please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone 1800 732 761 (toll free) or email inlandrailnsw@artc.com.au.

Community Consultative Committee

ARTC is currently establishing Community Consultative Committees for the Narromine to Narrabri Inland Rail project. Consultative committees are a forum where Inland Rail information can be shared between the project team and the community, topics of interest discussed and issues and concerns addressed. The role of the committee is to bring representative views to the committee and to help disseminate information throughout the community.

Three committees will be established, one each for the areas generally around Narromine, Gilgandra and Narrabri, recognising that landowners and communities face different issues for ARTC to address as the project investigations progress.

Nominations for the Committees closed on Friday 15 June 2018 and are currently being considered.

Contact us

You can have your questions answered about the project by contacting us directly, or asking us a question.