Parkes to Narromine (NSW)

The Parkes to Narromine (P2N) section is one of 13 projects that completes Inland Rail. It includes 98.4km of existing rail track with 5.3km of new rail to be built near Parkes. Most of the work will be a full rebuild of the rail tracks, rail formation and supporting structures in the existing rail corridor.

The alignment

This existing rail corridor and track will be completely rebuilt to improve transit times. The upgrades will involve:

  • replacing existing sleepers and track with concrete sleepers and new steel tracks
  • realigning the track to minimise tight curves
  • raising the level of the rail formation (the supportive foundations of the track)
  • replacing and upgrading culverts.

We will also construct crossing loops (areas where trains can pass each other), and work on level crossings, signalling and communications, signage, fencing and services and utilities within the corridor.

Progress

ARTC has now received planning approval from the Australian and NSW Governments for the P2N project.

Through a competitive tender process ARTC has engaged INLink, a joint venture between BMD Group and Fulton Hogan, to build P2N.

Next steps

We plan to start construction in late 2018. Residents and businesses in the Parkes to Narromine area will start to notice construction-related activities in the lead-up to construction. This may include equipment and material deliveries, surveying, services location and site inspections.

Construction will start in Parkes, near the Broken Hill railway line near the Coopers Road level crossing. Construction work will then progress north towards Narwonah, about 8km south of Narromine.

We expect the work to be completed by mid-2020. We will keep landowners, residents and businesses informed about any work that may directly impact them.

Construction updates

More information about our construction activities can be found on our construction updates page.

Planning approval documents

The P2N planning approvals page contains a range of documents, including our approach to consulting with the community, how we manage the impacts from our construction, and changes that will occur once the P2N project is built.

The P2N planning approvals page also includes information about our Environmental Impact Statement, Conditions of Approval set by the Department of Planning and Environment, and the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 approval received from the Australian Government.

Working with us – job seekers

At the peak of construction, our contractor INLink is expected to employee over 200 people.

To find out more and to apply for a position please visit our Work with us page or the INLink BMD job portal.

Working with us – contractors and services

We will require a range of services from local suppliers and business to help us build Inland Rail. In mid-2018 we held industry briefings to update local businesses on how to work with us.

For more information please see the presentation from our briefing.

Community consultation

Community consultation is vital to the success of Inland Rail and we welcome your participation. We are working closely with communities and stakeholders as we build Inland Rail. As our work progresses, we will continue to keep impacted residents and landowners up to date.

We hold quarterly forums for our community to come and join the project team to find out more about our work and share feedback about our construction.

Our next forum will be held at the ARTC Inland Rail Parkes Community and Working Hub at 290 Clarinda Street, Parkes, from 5:30pm Tuesday 11 December 2018.

Contact us

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

The Parkes to Narromine (P2N) section is one of 13 projects that completes Inland Rail. It includes 98.4km of existing rail track with 5.3km of new rail to be built near Parkes. Most of the work will be a full rebuild of the rail tracks, rail formation and supporting structures in the existing rail corridor.

The alignment

This existing rail corridor and track will be completely rebuilt to improve transit times. The upgrades will involve:

  • replacing existing sleepers and track with concrete sleepers and new steel tracks
  • realigning the track to minimise tight curves
  • raising the level of the rail formation (the supportive foundations of the track)
  • replacing and upgrading culverts.

We will also construct crossing loops (areas where trains can pass each other), and work on level crossings, signalling and communications, signage, fencing and services and utilities within the corridor.

Progress

ARTC has now received planning approval from the Australian and NSW Governments for the P2N project.

Through a competitive tender process ARTC has engaged INLink, a joint venture between BMD Group and Fulton Hogan, to build P2N.

Next steps

We plan to start construction in late 2018. Residents and businesses in the Parkes to Narromine area will start to notice construction-related activities in the lead-up to construction. This may include equipment and material deliveries, surveying, services location and site inspections.

Construction will start in Parkes, near the Broken Hill railway line near the Coopers Road level crossing. Construction work will then progress north towards Narwonah, about 8km south of Narromine.

We expect the work to be completed by mid-2020. We will keep landowners, residents and businesses informed about any work that may directly impact them.

Construction updates

More information about our construction activities can be found on our construction updates page.

Planning approval documents

The P2N planning approvals page contains a range of documents, including our approach to consulting with the community, how we manage the impacts from our construction, and changes that will occur once the P2N project is built.

The P2N planning approvals page also includes information about our Environmental Impact Statement, Conditions of Approval set by the Department of Planning and Environment, and the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 approval received from the Australian Government.

Working with us – job seekers

At the peak of construction, our contractor INLink is expected to employee over 200 people.

To find out more and to apply for a position please visit our Work with us page or the INLink BMD job portal.

Working with us – contractors and services

We will require a range of services from local suppliers and business to help us build Inland Rail. In mid-2018 we held industry briefings to update local businesses on how to work with us.

For more information please see the presentation from our briefing.

Community consultation

Community consultation is vital to the success of Inland Rail and we welcome your participation. We are working closely with communities and stakeholders as we build Inland Rail. As our work progresses, we will continue to keep impacted residents and landowners up to date.

We hold quarterly forums for our community to come and join the project team to find out more about our work and share feedback about our construction.

Our next forum will be held at the ARTC Inland Rail Parkes Community and Working Hub at 290 Clarinda Street, Parkes, from 5:30pm Tuesday 11 December 2018.

Contact us

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