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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 and most significant new 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 Study Area

On 30 November 2017 the Australian Government announced the Study Area for the Narromine to Narrabri section of Inland Rail. This is the area within which ARTC will undertake further environmental surveys and studies as well as progressing engineering design work.

For ease of understanding, ARTC has divided the project into the following sections:

  • Narromine to Burraway
  • Burroway to Curban
  • Curban to Mt Tenandra
  • Mt Tenandra to Barradine
  • Barradine to Narrabri

The Study Area is generally two kilometres wide but may be wider or narrower in some areas where ground conditions are more difficult or there are areas of social or environmental constraint. This will allow the ARTC to work with the local landowners, communities and engineering and construction experts to identify the ultimate optimal track placement.

ARTC and the Australian Government believe the Study Area will enable Inland Rail to deliver the strongest benefits for industry and local communities while balancing economic, social and environmental considerations. The Study Area is also provides the best opportunity for ARTC to meet the Inland Rail Service Offering; that is, to facilitate a road competitive rail service that delivers freight between Melbourne and Brisbane in under 24 hours.

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

In finalising the Study Area, ARTC undertook a number of field studies and complementary work which included:

  • working with landowners and Councils to better understand issues such as flooding, roads, traffic patterns, utilities and services as well as opportunities for regional freight;
  • undertaking preliminary field studies such as ecology, hydrology, and geotechnical studies to gain an understanding of the existing environmental features, technical challenges and opportunities; and
  • conducting project information sessions and meetings with more than 500 landowners and other stakeholders to gain insights and local knowledge that are so important in helping ARTC deliver Inland Rail.

Next steps

With the Study Area announced, the Narromine to Narrabri project is now in the Project Feasibility phase.

During this phase, further detailed investigations in the Study Area will be carried out.

This work will include:

  • more detailed surveys and environmental studies;
  • field and geotechnical investigations to determine the final rail corridor (c. 40 - 60 metres wide) within the Study Area;
  • landowner and community consultation to tap into local knowledge and experience to help inform the most suitable rail corridor and identify the best possible design solutions to minimise impacts on property and communities;
  • submitting an application to the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment for the project to be declared State Significant Infrastructure; and
  • preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public exhibition and comment that comprehensively addresses benefits and impacts of the project.

Community consultation

Community input will continue to be essential and ARTC will work with landowners and communities to make sure local knowledge and experience is taken into account as the project progresses.

Local communities and landowners have been contributing to our understanding of the Study Area for more than two years.

As part of this ongoing dialogue, in early 2018 ARTC will establish Community Consultative Committees to provide people with another forum through which they can be actively involved in the project. Nominations for membership of the Committees will open in early January 2018 and will be widely advertised.

At all times we encourage you to get involved in the process and invite you to contact the project team for more information and to provide feedback.

You can have your say now by contacting us directly or asking us a question.

Contact us

Ask a question about the Narromine to Narrabri project.

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 and most significant new 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 Study Area

On 30 November 2017 the Australian Government announced the Study Area for the Narromine to Narrabri section of Inland Rail. This is the area within which ARTC will undertake further environmental surveys and studies as well as progressing engineering design work.

For ease of understanding, ARTC has divided the project into the following sections:

  • Narromine to Burraway
  • Burroway to Curban
  • Curban to Mt Tenandra
  • Mt Tenandra to Barradine
  • Barradine to Narrabri

The Study Area is generally two kilometres wide but may be wider or narrower in some areas where ground conditions are more difficult or there are areas of social or environmental constraint. This will allow the ARTC to work with the local landowners, communities and engineering and construction experts to identify the ultimate optimal track placement.

ARTC and the Australian Government believe the Study Area will enable Inland Rail to deliver the strongest benefits for industry and local communities while balancing economic, social and environmental considerations. The Study Area is also provides the best opportunity for ARTC to meet the Inland Rail Service Offering; that is, to facilitate a road competitive rail service that delivers freight between Melbourne and Brisbane in under 24 hours.

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

In finalising the Study Area, ARTC undertook a number of field studies and complementary work which included:

  • working with landowners and Councils to better understand issues such as flooding, roads, traffic patterns, utilities and services as well as opportunities for regional freight;
  • undertaking preliminary field studies such as ecology, hydrology, and geotechnical studies to gain an understanding of the existing environmental features, technical challenges and opportunities; and
  • conducting project information sessions and meetings with more than 500 landowners and other stakeholders to gain insights and local knowledge that are so important in helping ARTC deliver Inland Rail.

Next steps

With the Study Area announced, the Narromine to Narrabri project is now in the Project Feasibility phase.

During this phase, further detailed investigations in the Study Area will be carried out.

This work will include:

  • more detailed surveys and environmental studies;
  • field and geotechnical investigations to determine the final rail corridor (c. 40 - 60 metres wide) within the Study Area;
  • landowner and community consultation to tap into local knowledge and experience to help inform the most suitable rail corridor and identify the best possible design solutions to minimise impacts on property and communities;
  • submitting an application to the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment for the project to be declared State Significant Infrastructure; and
  • preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public exhibition and comment that comprehensively addresses benefits and impacts of the project.

Community consultation

Community input will continue to be essential and ARTC will work with landowners and communities to make sure local knowledge and experience is taken into account as the project progresses.

Local communities and landowners have been contributing to our understanding of the Study Area for more than two years.

As part of this ongoing dialogue, in early 2018 ARTC will establish Community Consultative Committees to provide people with another forum through which they can be actively involved in the project. Nominations for membership of the Committees will open in early January 2018 and will be widely advertised.

At all times we encourage you to get involved in the process and invite you to contact the project team for more information and to provide feedback.

You can have your say now by contacting us directly or asking us a question.

Contact us

Ask a question about the Narromine to Narrabri project.