Parkes to Narromine construction updates

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The Parkes to Narromine (P2N) project involves upgrading the existing rail corridor and track. Information about our work, traffic changes and road closures is available on this page.

We will keep impacted residents and businesses up to date about other upcoming works in their area.

ARTC has engaged INLink, a joint venture between BMD Group and Fulton Hogan to build this section of Inland Rail.

What we are doing

We have now completed the North West Connection (from Coopers Road to Henry Parkes Way in Parkes). This section of rail has been handed over to ARTC Operations with trains now using the line. This means that the new level crossings at Coopers Road and Brolgan Road are open.

We continue to upgrade level crossings between Parkes and Narwonah (near Narromine), which will require detours on local routes during the upgrade. Nearby residents will be notified in advance and all detour information can be found on this page.

To find out more about planned work, see the Upcoming work section on the right.

Our work includes the following.

Level crossing upgrade and removal

  • Building and upgrading public level crossings.
  • Upgrading or removing private level crossings.
  • Closing Roddas Road (off Dows Lane) public level crossing.
  • Closing Cookies Crossing between Railway Parade and Taweni Road.

See table below for information about level crossings in your area.

Parkes
Level crossing
Progress
Coopers Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Brolgan Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Public Road/Stock Crossing
Temporarily closed
Brolgan Road
Open: single lane under traffic control
Henry Parkes Way
Open: side road in use
Back Trundle Road
Open to traffic
Nanardine Lane
Open to traffic
Wyatts Lane
Open to traffic
Bogan Road
Open: side road in use

Alectown
Level crossing
Progress
Wards Lane
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Alectown West Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Unnamed Lane (Drapers)
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Barber Lane
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Mickibri Road
Temporarily closed

Peak Hill
Level crossing
Progress
Trewilga Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Railway Parade/Taweni Road (Cookies Crossing)
Open to traffic
Whitton Park Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Coradgery Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Tullamore Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Roddas Road (off Dows Lane)
Permanently closed
Bulgandramine Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Kittos Bridge Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic

Tomingley
Level crossing
Progress
Barrabadeen Creek Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Sharahs Access Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Tomingley West Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Tinks Lane
Open to traffic: future closure required

Narromine
Level crossing
Progress
Wyanga Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Fairview Siding Road
Temporarily closed
Hargreaves Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Haberworth Lane
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Narwonah Siding Lane
Upgrade complete: open to traffic


Rail installation

The main construction activity now is laying new rail. We will have several teams working at the same time in a ‘follow the leader’ style. Team 1 will start at Wards Lane and Teams 2, 3 and 4 will follow them to the end of the project alignment.

These teams will continue to move north until completed in mid-2020. This work includes:

  • laying rail across sleepers and clipping in place
  • stressing and welding sleepers and rail together
  • installing more ballast over the rail
  • compacting the ballast using tamper machines to create the correct line and level to make the rail line operational.

Rail removal and upgrades

  • Removing the existing railway line, sleepers, ballast and formation.
  • Rebuilding with new rail formation, ballast, concrete sleepers and tracks.
  • Installing new concrete culverts.

There will be a range of heavy vehicles and machinery involved in this work, including large trucks travelling to and from the rail corridor and machinery such as excavators.

Road detours and closures will be in place during this work. When we upgrade level crossings, we will install signage and notify affected road users before any temporary road closures or detours occur.

Water usage and management

We understand that water is a vital resource for the communities along the Parkes to Narromine alignment, especially during times of drought.

Water is also essential for construction – both as a way of managing dust and as a key element of building strong rail formations, level crossings and concrete structures. To minimise our impact, we source water from multiple locations. We also carefully monitor dust through 13 dust monitors across the project.

To minimise water usage, we do the following things where possible:

  • use an environmentally friendly water additive (polymer) that supresses dust within our construction sites
  • construct compacted running tracks within the corridor using leftover materials such as ballast and ash to reduce dust
  • focus on watering public roads in areas near people’s homes to supress dust.

Water usage is closely monitored by project environmental teams, and follow set conditions, approvals and legislation put in place by the Environment Protection Authority and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

If you have any questions about how we use and manage water, contact us on 1800 732 761.

Constructing storage compounds

  • Site establishment, including earthworks, removing vegetation and installing temporary offices and utilities.
  • Creating new access roads and hardstand areas for use as car parks and for equipment storage.
  • Delivering machinery, construction equipment, rail lengths, concrete sleepers and culverts.

Environmental monitoring

  • Conducting environmental monitoring including noise, air quality and vibration.
  • Installing environmental monitoring equipment.

Service utilities location, geotechnical work and survey

  • Digging holes with a vacuum truck to find underground utilities and services.
  • Surveying the area to determine official boundaries of properties.
  • Relocating services such as water mains, telephone cables and optical fibre cables.
  • Drilling holes to collect soil samples.

Vegetation removal

  • Removing trees and shrubs in the road and railway corridor.
  • Fauna spotters will be used for native animal safety during work.

Your safety

All work areas will be protected or fenced to ensure safety to the public. Our sites will be clearly signed to identify work zones, and the community will be notified where required.

Once rail has been installed in each section, the rail will be ‘live’ and construction trains will be intermittently passing across level crossings. For your continued safety, please ensure you obey all signage at level crossings.

The work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am and 1pm Saturday. If the work takes place outside these hours, we will let impacted residents know before we do this work.

The Parkes to Narromine (P2N) project involves upgrading the existing rail corridor and track. Information about our work, traffic changes and road closures is available on this page.

We will keep impacted residents and businesses up to date about other upcoming works in their area.

ARTC has engaged INLink, a joint venture between BMD Group and Fulton Hogan to build this section of Inland Rail.

What we are doing

We have now completed the North West Connection (from Coopers Road to Henry Parkes Way in Parkes). This section of rail has been handed over to ARTC Operations with trains now using the line. This means that the new level crossings at Coopers Road and Brolgan Road are open.

We continue to upgrade level crossings between Parkes and Narwonah (near Narromine), which will require detours on local routes during the upgrade. Nearby residents will be notified in advance and all detour information can be found on this page.

To find out more about planned work, see the Upcoming work section on the right.

Our work includes the following.

Level crossing upgrade and removal

  • Building and upgrading public level crossings.
  • Upgrading or removing private level crossings.
  • Closing Roddas Road (off Dows Lane) public level crossing.
  • Closing Cookies Crossing between Railway Parade and Taweni Road.

See table below for information about level crossings in your area.

Parkes
Level crossing
Progress
Coopers Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Brolgan Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Public Road/Stock Crossing
Temporarily closed
Brolgan Road
Open: single lane under traffic control
Henry Parkes Way
Open: side road in use
Back Trundle Road
Open to traffic
Nanardine Lane
Open to traffic
Wyatts Lane
Open to traffic
Bogan Road
Open: side road in use

Alectown
Level crossing
Progress
Wards Lane
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Alectown West Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Unnamed Lane (Drapers)
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Barber Lane
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Mickibri Road
Temporarily closed

Peak Hill
Level crossing
Progress
Trewilga Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Railway Parade/Taweni Road (Cookies Crossing)
Open to traffic
Whitton Park Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Coradgery Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Tullamore Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Roddas Road (off Dows Lane)
Permanently closed
Bulgandramine Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Kittos Bridge Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic

Tomingley
Level crossing
Progress
Barrabadeen Creek Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Sharahs Access Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Tomingley West Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Tinks Lane
Open to traffic: future closure required

Narromine
Level crossing
Progress
Wyanga Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Fairview Siding Road
Temporarily closed
Hargreaves Road
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Haberworth Lane
Upgrade complete: open to traffic
Narwonah Siding Lane
Upgrade complete: open to traffic


Rail installation

The main construction activity now is laying new rail. We will have several teams working at the same time in a ‘follow the leader’ style. Team 1 will start at Wards Lane and Teams 2, 3 and 4 will follow them to the end of the project alignment.

These teams will continue to move north until completed in mid-2020. This work includes:

  • laying rail across sleepers and clipping in place
  • stressing and welding sleepers and rail together
  • installing more ballast over the rail
  • compacting the ballast using tamper machines to create the correct line and level to make the rail line operational.

Rail removal and upgrades

  • Removing the existing railway line, sleepers, ballast and formation.
  • Rebuilding with new rail formation, ballast, concrete sleepers and tracks.
  • Installing new concrete culverts.

There will be a range of heavy vehicles and machinery involved in this work, including large trucks travelling to and from the rail corridor and machinery such as excavators.

Road detours and closures will be in place during this work. When we upgrade level crossings, we will install signage and notify affected road users before any temporary road closures or detours occur.

Water usage and management

We understand that water is a vital resource for the communities along the Parkes to Narromine alignment, especially during times of drought.

Water is also essential for construction – both as a way of managing dust and as a key element of building strong rail formations, level crossings and concrete structures. To minimise our impact, we source water from multiple locations. We also carefully monitor dust through 13 dust monitors across the project.

To minimise water usage, we do the following things where possible:

  • use an environmentally friendly water additive (polymer) that supresses dust within our construction sites
  • construct compacted running tracks within the corridor using leftover materials such as ballast and ash to reduce dust
  • focus on watering public roads in areas near people’s homes to supress dust.

Water usage is closely monitored by project environmental teams, and follow set conditions, approvals and legislation put in place by the Environment Protection Authority and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

If you have any questions about how we use and manage water, contact us on 1800 732 761.

Constructing storage compounds

  • Site establishment, including earthworks, removing vegetation and installing temporary offices and utilities.
  • Creating new access roads and hardstand areas for use as car parks and for equipment storage.
  • Delivering machinery, construction equipment, rail lengths, concrete sleepers and culverts.

Environmental monitoring

  • Conducting environmental monitoring including noise, air quality and vibration.
  • Installing environmental monitoring equipment.

Service utilities location, geotechnical work and survey

  • Digging holes with a vacuum truck to find underground utilities and services.
  • Surveying the area to determine official boundaries of properties.
  • Relocating services such as water mains, telephone cables and optical fibre cables.
  • Drilling holes to collect soil samples.

Vegetation removal

  • Removing trees and shrubs in the road and railway corridor.
  • Fauna spotters will be used for native animal safety during work.

Your safety

All work areas will be protected or fenced to ensure safety to the public. Our sites will be clearly signed to identify work zones, and the community will be notified where required.

Once rail has been installed in each section, the rail will be ‘live’ and construction trains will be intermittently passing across level crossings. For your continued safety, please ensure you obey all signage at level crossings.

The work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am and 1pm Saturday. If the work takes place outside these hours, we will let impacted residents know before we do this work.

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