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Inland Rail consists of 13 individual projects across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Seven of the projects will be in NSW.

 

The Parkes to Narromine section is an upgrade of existing rail corridor extending approximately 106 kilometres from the Goobang Junction at Parkes to south of Narromine.

 

This project also includes approximately 5 kilometres of new rail connection at the southern end of the proposed site near Parkes to connect to the Broken Hill line. Three new passing loops will also be constructed within the existing rail corridor at Goonumbla, Peak Hill and Timjelly.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Inland Rail is a freight rail connection between Brisbane and Melbourne. The route will be approximately 1,700 kilometres in length - including over 1,000 kilometres of major upgrades and enhancements and over 500 kilometres of new track via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
  • Inland Rail is divided into 13 parts, each part will be assessed separately.
  • This part of the project is located in the existing rail corridor between the towns of Parkes and Narromine in NSW, and consists of 106 kilometres of upgraded track and five kilometres of new track.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment will independently assess the application based on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), community, council and agency submissions and ARTC’s Response to Submissions report.

 

The capital investment value of the Parkes to Narromine section of Inland Rail is estimated to be over $50 million. This project is classified as State Significant Infrastructure, and ARTC must seek the approval of the NSW Minister for Planning for this part of the project.

  • Prior to receiving the application, the Department requested ARTC consult with local and state authorities.
  • ARTC consulted with local and state authorities, community groups and affected landowners.
  • Following the lodgement of the EIS, the Department has advertised the proposal in local and regional papers and a national newspaper. The EIS can be viewed at the Department’s head office (electronic copy) and Dubbo regional office, Parkes and Narromine Shire Councils, the Peak Hill Library and Nature Conservation Council (electronic copy). The EIS is available on the Department’s website and can be viewed electronically at Service NSW centres.

The development proposal was on exhibition from 19 July to 18 August 2017. As a result of feedback received, the ARTC has prepared a Response to Submissions (RtS) report. 

 

As this is classified as State Significant Infrastructure, the Department will review the RtS report and prepare the Secretary's Environmental Assessment Report, which includes a recommendation to the Minister for Planning about whether the project be approved or rejected. The Minister will then make a determination on the project. 

  • The work needed to upgrade the rail line between Parkes and Narromine will involve:
    • Upgrading the existing track and/or track formation;
    • Replacing culverts and bridges;
    • Constructing three new passing loops, at Goonumbla, Peak Hill, and Timjelly;
    • Consolidating and upgrading existing level crossings;
    • Slightly adjusting the bend curvature of the alignment at different places; and
    • Constructing a new rail track at the southern end of the Parkes to Narromine alignment to connect the Broken Hill line to the upgraded rail line.
  • The additional work that is required includes:
    • Changes to some property access roads and the local road network in some locations as a result of the rationalisation of level crossings;
    • Flood immunity works;
    • Stormwater drainage works;
    • Upgrading signalling and communications;
    • Establishing or upgrading existing fencing of the rail corridor; and
    • Relocation of some services and utilities.

The development proposal was on public exhibition from 19 July to 18 August 2017 and submissions have now closed. 

  • Following the public exhibition of the EIS, the Department forwarded all submissions to ARTC. In response, ARTC has prepared a Response to Submissions (RtS) report, which is required to address all concerns or issues raised by the community, councils or government agencies in their submissions. 
  • The Department has published the RtS and all the submissions on its website. If you requested your name and address be withheld, your published submission will not include your name or address but it will include any other personal information about you which you have chosen to include. 
  • The Department will review all submissions received and thoroughly assess ARTC’s RtS (and PIR if one is prepared). The Department will then prepare the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Report, which includes a recommendation to the Minister for Planning about whether the project be approved or rejected. The Minister will then make a determination on the project.

To find out more about Inland Rail in general, you can:

 

To find out more about the EIS for Inland Rail – Parkes to Narromine, you can:

For a visual view of the project, refer to the Parkes to Narromine project map.

 

To learn more about the Inland Rail project, you can:

All formal submission on the EIS are made on the NSW Department of Planning & Environment major projects website.

Page last updated: 02/07/2018