Narrabri to North Star (NSW)

The Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section is one of 13 projects that completes Inland Rail and is an upgrade to approximately 188km of track within the existing rail corridor and construction of approximately 1.6km of a new rail corridor.

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

The alignment

This project utilises existing rail corridor and track between Narrabri and North Star and involves:

  • reconstruction of the existing track
  • new section of rail line at Camurra to bypass the existing hairpin curve
  • re-establishing and/or expanding drainage works next to the track
  • level crossing works
  • replacing existing culverts and replacing bridges at the Mehi River, Gwydir River and Croppa Creek
  • establishing five crossing loops
  • minor changes to track alignments at Bellata, Gurley and Moree stations
  • providing a new road bridge over the existing rail corridor at Jones Avenue in Moree and the Newell Highway near Bellata.

Progress

Some of the work we have completed so far includes:

  • working with Councils to better understand local issues such as flooding and traffic movements
  • meeting and working with landowners and stakeholders along the alignment including local farmers, potential suppliers and industry
  • providing project information sessions to the community and stakeholders
  • completing field studies such as ecology, hydrology and geotechnical studies
  • working with cultural knowledge holders to identify and manage places of cultural significance.

The N2NS project is progressing through the following environmental approvals:

While the formal period for EIS submissions has now closed you may still view the EIS online.

Next steps

Now the public exhibition period has finished, we will consider all submissions made in response to the EIS. We will provide a submission report to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment that responds to any issues raised. The submission report will help inform the NSW Minister for Planning’s decision on the project and will be made public.

The project will be constructed and operated in accordance with the measures described in the EIS, submissions report, and any conditions of approval required by the NSW Minister for Planning and Environment.

If the project is approved by the Minister for Planning, the determination will be referred to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy for consideration. The Minister may impose additional conditions to in order to meet the provisions under the EPBC Act.

For more information on the EPBC Act, visit the Department's website.

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.

In due course you will have the opportunity to meet with members of the project team in person at one of our information sessions. Keep an eye out in your local newspaper, or register with us now to keep up to date.

Contact us

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

The Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section is one of 13 projects that completes Inland Rail and is an upgrade to approximately 188km of track within the existing rail corridor and construction of approximately 1.6km of a new rail corridor.

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

The alignment

This project utilises existing rail corridor and track between Narrabri and North Star and involves:

  • reconstruction of the existing track
  • new section of rail line at Camurra to bypass the existing hairpin curve
  • re-establishing and/or expanding drainage works next to the track
  • level crossing works
  • replacing existing culverts and replacing bridges at the Mehi River, Gwydir River and Croppa Creek
  • establishing five crossing loops
  • minor changes to track alignments at Bellata, Gurley and Moree stations
  • providing a new road bridge over the existing rail corridor at Jones Avenue in Moree and the Newell Highway near Bellata.

Progress

Some of the work we have completed so far includes:

  • working with Councils to better understand local issues such as flooding and traffic movements
  • meeting and working with landowners and stakeholders along the alignment including local farmers, potential suppliers and industry
  • providing project information sessions to the community and stakeholders
  • completing field studies such as ecology, hydrology and geotechnical studies
  • working with cultural knowledge holders to identify and manage places of cultural significance.

The N2NS project is progressing through the following environmental approvals:

While the formal period for EIS submissions has now closed you may still view the EIS online.

Next steps

Now the public exhibition period has finished, we will consider all submissions made in response to the EIS. We will provide a submission report to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment that responds to any issues raised. The submission report will help inform the NSW Minister for Planning’s decision on the project and will be made public.

The project will be constructed and operated in accordance with the measures described in the EIS, submissions report, and any conditions of approval required by the NSW Minister for Planning and Environment.

If the project is approved by the Minister for Planning, the determination will be referred to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy for consideration. The Minister may impose additional conditions to in order to meet the provisions under the EPBC Act.

For more information on the EPBC Act, visit the Department's website.

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.

In due course you will have the opportunity to meet with members of the project team in person at one of our information sessions. Keep an eye out in your local newspaper, or register with us now to keep up to date.

Contact us

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