Arriving at the proposed rail corridor

Following significant community consultation, the proposed Narromine to Narrabri rail corridor is finalised.  

Double stacked freight train

We have been investigating the technical challenges and opportunities in refining the Narromine to Narrabri rail corridor since the Australian Government announced the project’s study area in late 2017. 

During this time, we have also been speaking with affected local landowners, councils, businesses and communities, to help us better understand land use and the unique features of each area.

We value the local knowledge that has been incorporated into our decision making to finalise the corridor and remain committed to delivering the best outcomes for the community. 

We thank the community for their patience and cooperation, particularly those landowners who have made time to attend meetings and allowed us onto their properties to complete investigations.

Timeline

  • November 2017: Australian Government announces study area for Narromine to Narrabri. Investigations and consultations begin.
  • July 2019 to February 2020: After determining the focused area of investigation – approximately 150m to 400m wide – we sought to meet face-to-face with all affected landowners across the alignment. During these meetings, we discussed the ongoing design process, including preliminary flood modelling and level crossing matters.
  • June 2020 to October 2020: We looked to meet with all landowners directly affected by the proposed rail corridor. We also met with landowners near the proposed alignment who may be impacted by the future construction and operation of Inland Rail. All impacted landowners received updated maps, clearly showing the location of the proposed final rail corridor in relation to their property. 

From the outset, our priorities have been to minimise impacts on landowners and the environment, while delivering a world-class, safe freight line and value for money for taxpayers.


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