Narrabri to North Star (NSW)

The Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section is one of 13 projects that complete Inland Rail and is an upgrade to approximately 186km of track within the existing rail corridor and construction of approximately 2.3km of a new rail corridor.

The works are required to accommodate the operation of 1,800m-long double-stacked freight trains. This project crosses the three Local Government Areas of Gwydir, Narrabri and Moree Plains.

The alignment

Due to design complexities associated with flood management, the project has been divided into two portions, known as separable portion 1 (SP1) and separable portion 2 (SP2).

This will allow construction to continue on schedule for the majority of the project, while environmental approvals are finalised on the Mehi–Gwydir floodplain.

  • SP1: Upgrading 171km of track between Narrabri and North Star, excluding works over the Mehi–Gwydir floodplain. This portion is currently going through NSW and Australian Government approvals (see ‘Progress’ section below). SP1 is expected to be approved by all relevant agencies by early to mid-2020, with construction to commence in late 2020.
  • SP2: Upgrading 15km of track crossing the Mehi–Gwydir floodplain and building 2.3km of new track at Camurra to bypass the existing hairpin turn. This portion of the project will go through a new approvals process and consultation to make sure that railway structures across the Mehi–Gwydir floodplain meet local community expectations and the NSW Government’s planning and floodplain management policies.

Progress

For SP1, we have prepared a Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report (SPIR) that presents the details design and changes made to the project.

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) will accept submissions on the SPIR from 11 December 2019 to 31 January 2020, via the department's Major Projects website.

Find out how to make a submission, whether it's online, via email or by post.

These design refinements are aimed at addressing issues raised in submissions and minimising potential environmental effects of construction and operation of the project.

Key topics presented in the SPIR are:

  • revisions to the alignment and the height of the railway
  • enhancements to level crossings to improve road safety
  • suggested approaches to the management of construction and operational noise, including potential noise walls in key locations
  • upgraded design approaches to flood management, involving alterations to bridges, culverts and how water passes through the railway corridor – the design seeks to maintain a ‘like for like’ outcome
  • changes to the project’s development footprint to incorporate the revised design and provide for flexibility in construction
  • our anticipated approach to construction, which aims to limit disruption to grain freight rail movements as much as possible.

Three proponents have been shortlisted to tender for construction of N2NS, with responses due in early 2020.

Environment planning and approvals

The SPIR is a key step in the approval process for SP1:

  • In 2016 the N2NS project was declared State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) and a controlled action under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
  • In late 2017 the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was placed on public exhibition, with 18 submissions received.
  • The SPIR has now been prepared to address the issues raised in submissions and to complete environmental assessments of the finalised design.
  • In early 2020 the DPIE will conclude their assessment on the project and the NSW Minister for Planning will set conditions of approval under the EP&A Act.
  • The final step is for the Commonwealth Minister for Environment to set further conditions under the EPBC Act.

The SSI application, EIS and SPIR are available on DPIE’s Major Projects website.

We have begun studies and community engagement for SP2, which will continue through 2020, leading to the preparation of a new EIS.

Staying safe near rail

Steel rail and concrete sleeper deliveries for work on N2NS commenced in June 2019 and will continue into 2020.

As the deliveries continue, we are asking landholders, motorists and communities around Edgeroi, Bellata, Gurley, Moree, Crooble, Milguy, Croppa Creek and North Star to be extra vigilant around level crossings.

More trains will be running on the track during the day and night.

Trains are required to sound their horns as they approach level crossings. However, as a motorist, you must take care and be vigilant near crossings.

Keep safe by stopping at all rail crossings, looking and listening for trains, and obeying all warning signals and signs before proceeding.

Our work also involves using heavy machinery and vehicles both within the rail corridor and travelling to and from the construction site.

For your safety, please do not enter the rail corridor or the construction sites.

Please use added caution when driving or walking and observe signage.

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.

The N2NS team will continue our consultation with our stakeholders including councils, state government agencies and landowners to discuss key project elements such as flood management, noise impacts, level crossings and property impacts.

As we approach construction, we are planning a range of briefing sessions, workshops and networking events throughout 2020. Keep an eye out in your local newspaper or register with us now to keep up to date on these opportunities.

Contact us

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

Visit our Doing business with us page to find out about supplier and contractor opportunities.

The Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section is one of 13 projects that complete Inland Rail and is an upgrade to approximately 186km of track within the existing rail corridor and construction of approximately 2.3km of a new rail corridor.

The works are required to accommodate the operation of 1,800m-long double-stacked freight trains. This project crosses the three Local Government Areas of Gwydir, Narrabri and Moree Plains.

The alignment

Due to design complexities associated with flood management, the project has been divided into two portions, known as separable portion 1 (SP1) and separable portion 2 (SP2).

This will allow construction to continue on schedule for the majority of the project, while environmental approvals are finalised on the Mehi–Gwydir floodplain.

  • SP1: Upgrading 171km of track between Narrabri and North Star, excluding works over the Mehi–Gwydir floodplain. This portion is currently going through NSW and Australian Government approvals (see ‘Progress’ section below). SP1 is expected to be approved by all relevant agencies by early to mid-2020, with construction to commence in late 2020.
  • SP2: Upgrading 15km of track crossing the Mehi–Gwydir floodplain and building 2.3km of new track at Camurra to bypass the existing hairpin turn. This portion of the project will go through a new approvals process and consultation to make sure that railway structures across the Mehi–Gwydir floodplain meet local community expectations and the NSW Government’s planning and floodplain management policies.

Progress

For SP1, we have prepared a Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report (SPIR) that presents the details design and changes made to the project.

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) will accept submissions on the SPIR from 11 December 2019 to 31 January 2020, via the department's Major Projects website.

Find out how to make a submission, whether it's online, via email or by post.

These design refinements are aimed at addressing issues raised in submissions and minimising potential environmental effects of construction and operation of the project.

Key topics presented in the SPIR are:

  • revisions to the alignment and the height of the railway
  • enhancements to level crossings to improve road safety
  • suggested approaches to the management of construction and operational noise, including potential noise walls in key locations
  • upgraded design approaches to flood management, involving alterations to bridges, culverts and how water passes through the railway corridor – the design seeks to maintain a ‘like for like’ outcome
  • changes to the project’s development footprint to incorporate the revised design and provide for flexibility in construction
  • our anticipated approach to construction, which aims to limit disruption to grain freight rail movements as much as possible.

Three proponents have been shortlisted to tender for construction of N2NS, with responses due in early 2020.

Environment planning and approvals

The SPIR is a key step in the approval process for SP1:

  • In 2016 the N2NS project was declared State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) and a controlled action under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
  • In late 2017 the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was placed on public exhibition, with 18 submissions received.
  • The SPIR has now been prepared to address the issues raised in submissions and to complete environmental assessments of the finalised design.
  • In early 2020 the DPIE will conclude their assessment on the project and the NSW Minister for Planning will set conditions of approval under the EP&A Act.
  • The final step is for the Commonwealth Minister for Environment to set further conditions under the EPBC Act.

The SSI application, EIS and SPIR are available on DPIE’s Major Projects website.

We have begun studies and community engagement for SP2, which will continue through 2020, leading to the preparation of a new EIS.

Staying safe near rail

Steel rail and concrete sleeper deliveries for work on N2NS commenced in June 2019 and will continue into 2020.

As the deliveries continue, we are asking landholders, motorists and communities around Edgeroi, Bellata, Gurley, Moree, Crooble, Milguy, Croppa Creek and North Star to be extra vigilant around level crossings.

More trains will be running on the track during the day and night.

Trains are required to sound their horns as they approach level crossings. However, as a motorist, you must take care and be vigilant near crossings.

Keep safe by stopping at all rail crossings, looking and listening for trains, and obeying all warning signals and signs before proceeding.

Our work also involves using heavy machinery and vehicles both within the rail corridor and travelling to and from the construction site.

For your safety, please do not enter the rail corridor or the construction sites.

Please use added caution when driving or walking and observe signage.

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.

The N2NS team will continue our consultation with our stakeholders including councils, state government agencies and landowners to discuss key project elements such as flood management, noise impacts, level crossings and property impacts.

As we approach construction, we are planning a range of briefing sessions, workshops and networking events throughout 2020. Keep an eye out in your local newspaper or register with us now to keep up to date on these opportunities.

Contact us

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

Visit our Doing business with us page to find out about supplier and contractor opportunities.

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