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

In November 2017, the Australian Government confirmed the preferred study area for the N2N section of Inland Rail. This decision followed an analysis of corridor options, with the chosen preferred study area presenting the strongest benefits for industry and the community.

For more information on the N2N study area, including details on the process by which the study area was determined, please view the Narromine to Narrabri Options Report.

Progress

In December 2017, the project team held community information meetings to discuss the route selection process, the next phase of design and the timeframes to determine the rail corridor.

The project is now in what’s called the Project Feasibility stage. During this stage we will carry out a series of investigations to help us understand any technical challenges and opportunities. Community meetings and drop-in sessions held in September 2018 brought landowners and businesses in the area up to date on what’s happening with the N2N project - view slides presentation for more info.

Environment planning and approvals

In July we lodged a State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) application and a Scoping Report with the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) for the N2N project. The Scoping Report is a high-level, preliminary assessment used to guide the project’s environmental assessment requirements which will be issued to ARTC by DP&E. This includes consideration of property and community impacts.

In September 2018 we received the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) from DP&E in response to the SSI application. The SEARs outline the environmental impact assessment process that ARTC must follow, as well as specific environmental assessment requirements. This includes requirements for consultation across the project.

We have also lodged a referral with the federal Department of the Environment and Energy under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

In the meantime, we are gathering further information to feed into the upcoming Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS document will outline potential impacts of the project for consideration by DP&E. It will also capture information gathered from consultation with landowners and other stakeholders such as councils, industry and wider community and how this was considered in the narrowing of the study area to a final rail corridor.

Once complete, the EIS is then put on public exhibition for a minimum of 30 days. Community members and other stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback and make formal submissions which will be considered by DP&E when assessing the project. The Minister for Planning makes a decision on whether to approve the project. The project has to be approved in order for construction on N2N to begin.

Next steps

We will undertake a series of investigations and field studies to gain an in-depth understanding of local ground conditions, hydrology and flooding issues and to identify local flora and fauna habitats.

What you might see in your area

  • ecological surveys – to identify habitats and/or species that exist within the area of investigation
  • utility identification surveys – to identify infrastructure such as gas and water pipelines
  • heritage surveys – investigations for any evidence of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artefacts/heritage
  • noise, air quality and vibration surveys – to measure background noise, air quality and vibration levels at key sites
  • land surveys – to identify property boundaries and any easements and to install survey pegs if required
  • hydrology studies – to obtain information about flooding and surface water movements.

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

To learn more about the full range of our studies, please see the Environmental Field Studies fact sheet.

Community consultation

ARTC is continuing community consultation on the Narromine to Narrabri Inland Rail project as we work towards determining the rail corridor.

Community consultation is vital to the success of Inland Rail and we welcome your participation. We are committed to working with communities and stakeholders to get your feedback which will help us with further planning.

Inland Rail has been working with NSW Farmers over a number of months to address a wide range of their questions and issues relating to Inland Rail, particularly in the Narromine to Narrabri project section. Please read the consolidated response document with covering letter sent to NSW Farmers on 24 October 2018.

In due course you will have the opportunity to meet with members of the project team in person at one of our information sessions. Keep an eye out in your local newspaper, or register with us now to keep up to date.

Community Consultative Committee

ARTC is currently setting up a Community Consultative Committee for the N2N project. Three groups will be established, one each for the areas generally around Narromine, Gilgandra and Narrabri.

Nominations for committee members have closed and are being considered.

To apply or find out more about the committees or the nomination process, visit our Community Consultative Committee page.

Community 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 committees ensure that engagement occurs at all stages of a project and allows community representatives to share their knowledge and experiences on key issues.

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

In November 2017, the Australian Government confirmed the preferred study area for the N2N section of Inland Rail. This decision followed an analysis of corridor options, with the chosen preferred study area presenting the strongest benefits for industry and the community.

For more information on the N2N study area, including details on the process by which the study area was determined, please view the Narromine to Narrabri Options Report.

Progress

In December 2017, the project team held community information meetings to discuss the route selection process, the next phase of design and the timeframes to determine the rail corridor.

The project is now in what’s called the Project Feasibility stage. During this stage we will carry out a series of investigations to help us understand any technical challenges and opportunities. Community meetings and drop-in sessions held in September 2018 brought landowners and businesses in the area up to date on what’s happening with the N2N project - view slides presentation for more info.

Environment planning and approvals

In July we lodged a State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) application and a Scoping Report with the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) for the N2N project. The Scoping Report is a high-level, preliminary assessment used to guide the project’s environmental assessment requirements which will be issued to ARTC by DP&E. This includes consideration of property and community impacts.

In September 2018 we received the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) from DP&E in response to the SSI application. The SEARs outline the environmental impact assessment process that ARTC must follow, as well as specific environmental assessment requirements. This includes requirements for consultation across the project.

We have also lodged a referral with the federal Department of the Environment and Energy under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

In the meantime, we are gathering further information to feed into the upcoming Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS document will outline potential impacts of the project for consideration by DP&E. It will also capture information gathered from consultation with landowners and other stakeholders such as councils, industry and wider community and how this was considered in the narrowing of the study area to a final rail corridor.

Once complete, the EIS is then put on public exhibition for a minimum of 30 days. Community members and other stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback and make formal submissions which will be considered by DP&E when assessing the project. The Minister for Planning makes a decision on whether to approve the project. The project has to be approved in order for construction on N2N to begin.

Next steps

We will undertake a series of investigations and field studies to gain an in-depth understanding of local ground conditions, hydrology and flooding issues and to identify local flora and fauna habitats.

What you might see in your area

  • ecological surveys – to identify habitats and/or species that exist within the area of investigation
  • utility identification surveys – to identify infrastructure such as gas and water pipelines
  • heritage surveys – investigations for any evidence of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artefacts/heritage
  • noise, air quality and vibration surveys – to measure background noise, air quality and vibration levels at key sites
  • land surveys – to identify property boundaries and any easements and to install survey pegs if required
  • hydrology studies – to obtain information about flooding and surface water movements.

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

To learn more about the full range of our studies, please see the Environmental Field Studies fact sheet.

Community consultation

ARTC is continuing community consultation on the Narromine to Narrabri Inland Rail project as we work towards determining the rail corridor.

Community consultation is vital to the success of Inland Rail and we welcome your participation. We are committed to working with communities and stakeholders to get your feedback which will help us with further planning.

Inland Rail has been working with NSW Farmers over a number of months to address a wide range of their questions and issues relating to Inland Rail, particularly in the Narromine to Narrabri project section. Please read the consolidated response document with covering letter sent to NSW Farmers on 24 October 2018.

In due course you will have the opportunity to meet with members of the project team in person at one of our information sessions. Keep an eye out in your local newspaper, or register with us now to keep up to date.

Community Consultative Committee

ARTC is currently setting up a Community Consultative Committee for the N2N project. Three groups will be established, one each for the areas generally around Narromine, Gilgandra and Narrabri.

Nominations for committee members have closed and are being considered.

To apply or find out more about the committees or the nomination process, visit our Community Consultative Committee page.

Community 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 committees ensure that engagement occurs at all stages of a project and allows community representatives to share their knowledge and experiences on key issues.

Contact us

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