Narromine to Narrabri (NSW)

Narromine to Narrabri (N2N) is one of 13 projects that complete 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

We have now refined this study area to approximately 150-400m wide. This is called the focused area of investigation.

ARTC Inland Rail has begun visiting landowners to inform them of these developments. This work commenced in July 2019 and is an important milestone for the project and the community.

Due to the number of landowners and the distances involved, we will inform the community in a staged approach. Initially we will meet landowners between Burroway and the Pilliga Forest.

We will plan out meetings in the remaining areas (Narromine, Curban, Mt Tenandra, Square Top Mountain, Pilliga East and Narrabri North) in the months following. It is anticipated that this work will take several months to complete.

We will also directly contact landowners who are in the study area, but not presently in the focused area of investigation.

ARTC Inland rail will now complete further engineering design and environmental investigations to determine where in the focused area of investigation the 40-60m wide rail corridor will go.

Environment planning and approvals

In the meantime, we are also 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 the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPI&E). It will also capture information gathered from consultation with landowners and other stakeholders such as councils, industry and wider community and show how this was considered in the determination of the final rail corridor.

Once complete, the EIS will be put on public exhibition for a minimum of 30 days. Community members and other stakeholders will be invited to provide their feedback and make formal submissions which will be considered by DPI&E when assessing the project.

The Minister for Planning will then decide on whether to approve the project. The project must be approved for construction on N2N to begin.

Next steps

Since December 2018 we have been carrying out 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. The majority of these activities have now been completed and we would like to thank all landowners for their support and patience.

Investigations and field studies

We have been working hard to ensure that we deliver the best outcome for the community and the region.

Investigations that we have completed include:

  • soil and geology surveys – to understand physical ground conditions like soils and rocks
  • 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.

Investigations on private property will be arranged on a voluntary basis with individual landowners. Some investigations will be carried out within road reserves off the roadway, with signage in place to warn motorists.

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

Community consultation

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.

In 2019, the team has:

  • sponsored the Baradine, Gilgandra, Narrabri, Coonamble and Moree regional shows
  • held ‘pop-up’ stalls in Narromine, Gilgandra, Baradine and Narrabri
  • provided regular updates via email and social media channels highlighting project activities and milestones
  • supported the project team in completing on-the-ground site and field investigations, such as geotechnical work and cadastral surveys across the alignment.

On the 23 and 24 August 2019, Inland Rail will hold a community drop-in session in Narromine. Come along to hear the latest update on the work to refine the Inland Rail route between Narromine and Narrabri. These sessions will be held at the Narromine Railway Station from 10 am to 5 pm.

For more information on this and other community events, please check our Events page.

Community Consultative Committee

ARTC has established a Community Consultative Committee for the N2N project.

For meeting minutes, committee members and upcoming meeting details, please see the link below:

The 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 complete 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

We have now refined this study area to approximately 150-400m wide. This is called the focused area of investigation.

ARTC Inland Rail has begun visiting landowners to inform them of these developments. This work commenced in July 2019 and is an important milestone for the project and the community.

Due to the number of landowners and the distances involved, we will inform the community in a staged approach. Initially we will meet landowners between Burroway and the Pilliga Forest.

We will plan out meetings in the remaining areas (Narromine, Curban, Mt Tenandra, Square Top Mountain, Pilliga East and Narrabri North) in the months following. It is anticipated that this work will take several months to complete.

We will also directly contact landowners who are in the study area, but not presently in the focused area of investigation.

ARTC Inland rail will now complete further engineering design and environmental investigations to determine where in the focused area of investigation the 40-60m wide rail corridor will go.

Environment planning and approvals

In the meantime, we are also 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 the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPI&E). It will also capture information gathered from consultation with landowners and other stakeholders such as councils, industry and wider community and show how this was considered in the determination of the final rail corridor.

Once complete, the EIS will be put on public exhibition for a minimum of 30 days. Community members and other stakeholders will be invited to provide their feedback and make formal submissions which will be considered by DPI&E when assessing the project.

The Minister for Planning will then decide on whether to approve the project. The project must be approved for construction on N2N to begin.

Next steps

Since December 2018 we have been carrying out 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. The majority of these activities have now been completed and we would like to thank all landowners for their support and patience.

Investigations and field studies

We have been working hard to ensure that we deliver the best outcome for the community and the region.

Investigations that we have completed include:

  • soil and geology surveys – to understand physical ground conditions like soils and rocks
  • 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.

Investigations on private property will be arranged on a voluntary basis with individual landowners. Some investigations will be carried out within road reserves off the roadway, with signage in place to warn motorists.

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

Community consultation

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.

In 2019, the team has:

  • sponsored the Baradine, Gilgandra, Narrabri, Coonamble and Moree regional shows
  • held ‘pop-up’ stalls in Narromine, Gilgandra, Baradine and Narrabri
  • provided regular updates via email and social media channels highlighting project activities and milestones
  • supported the project team in completing on-the-ground site and field investigations, such as geotechnical work and cadastral surveys across the alignment.

On the 23 and 24 August 2019, Inland Rail will hold a community drop-in session in Narromine. Come along to hear the latest update on the work to refine the Inland Rail route between Narromine and Narrabri. These sessions will be held at the Narromine Railway Station from 10 am to 5 pm.

For more information on this and other community events, please check our Events page.

Community Consultative Committee

ARTC has established a Community Consultative Committee for the N2N project.

For meeting minutes, committee members and upcoming meeting details, please see the link below:

The 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.