North West Rail Link Corridor Strategy

An artist's impression of the new Kellyville Railway Station on the North West Rail Link
An artist's impression of the new Kellyville Railway Station
on the North West Rail Link.

The North West Rail Link Corridor Strategy is a guide for future development around the eight new stations of the North West Rail Link. It provides a vision for how the areas surrounding the train stations could be developed to integrate new homes and jobs.

The corridor strategy includes a draft structure plan for each of the eight new train station precincts. These structure plans look at the current constraints, controls, opportunities and predicted growth, and present a vision for each area for the next 25 years.

Planning & Infrastructure has developed the corridor strategy to coordinate development across three local government areas – The Hills, Blacktown and Hornsby.


Strategy finalised

Planning & Infrastructure exhibited the draft North West Rail Link Corridor Strategy and the eight draft structure plans during March and April 2013.

North West Rail Link Corridor Strategy plan

North West Rail Link Corridor Strategy Plan.
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During this time, four drop-in sessions were held at Castle Hill, Rouse Hill, Norwest and Cherrybrook. Submissions received and all the draft documents are available on our exhibition page.

Following community consultation amendments were made to the draft corridor strategy and structure plans, incorporating where appropriate, suggestions received from the community. The strategy has now been finalised by Planning & Infrastructure and endorsed by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure.

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What is the North West Rail Link?

The North West Rail Link is a new 23 km rail link from Epping to Cudgegong Road at Rouse Hill. Eight new train stations will be built along the link at Cherrybrook, Castle Hill, Showground, Norwest, Bella Vista, Kellyville, Rouse Hill and Cudgegong Road.

The area surrounding these new train stations is predicted to provide 28,800 new homes and 49,500 new jobs by 2036.

The eight precincts   

Cudgegong Road

The Cudgegong Road precinct will play an important role as a local village centre providing for the daily needs of residents and workers. Higher density housing is suggested around the station with low density housing replacing rural residential in other areas of the precinct. Improved pedestrian, cycle and vehicle connections will be made with the new station and substantial open spaces will provide for recreation and wildlife habitat.

Cudgegong Road Structure Plan (pdf, 10.4MB) updated October 2013

Rouse Hill

The Rouse Hill precinct will become a major transport and commercial hub featuring mixed uses including retail, commercial and residential. The new train station, regional bus routes and cycle paths will improve accessibility in the precinct. Streetscapes within the precinct will be upgraded with new and widened footpaths to encourage walking as a preferred mode of transport.

Rouse Hill Structure Plan (pdf, 9.6MB) updated October 2013


The Kellyville precinct will continue to be a major residential area for Sydney’s North West with a range of housing types to ensure affordable and appropriate housing for all members of the community. Two local centres will provide for the daily needs of residents – one adjacent to the train station, the other on Windsor Road.

Kellyville Structure Plan (pdf, 11.3MB) updated October 2013

Bella Vista

The Bella Vista precinct will become more attractive and viable as a commercial hub with the addition of the new train station. Increased commercial activity in the business park will attract managers, professionals and other workers who will have a choice of detached houses, townhouses or apartments. Bella Vista Farm will remain a key conservation and heritage area.

Bella Vista Structure Plan (pdf, 10.5MB) updated October 2013


The Norwest precinct will be reinforced as the major commercial hub of the North West. Offices, light industrial, retail and community facilities will be mixed with high density residential close to the station to create a vibrant and active centre. Norwest Boulevard will be upgraded to be a green, pedestrian-friendly corridor.

Norwest Structure Plan (pdf, 10.4MB) updated October 2013


The Showground precinct will include a new local centre near the train station that could provide retail, restaurants, boutique offices, apartments and cultural facilities such as theatres and galleries. More intensive employment is predicted for some of the current industrial area, while Victoria Avenue remains as a bulky goods retail corridor. The showground will remain a regional recreational asset.

Showground Structure Plan (pdf, 10.7MB) updated October 2013

Castle Hill

The Castle Hill precinct will continue as the major centre for Sydney’s North West. Castle Hill will increase its retail offerings to remain a major retailing hub, extend the amount of commercial offices, increase residential density near the station, and become a major transport hub with the train station and bus interchange in Arthur Whiting Park.

Castle Hill Structure Plan (pdf, 11.1MB) updated October 2013


The Cherrybrook precinct’s new local centre near the train station will include neighbourhood shops and services to meet the daily needs of the local community. Higher residential density is suggested within walking distance of the station, both to the north and south of Castle Hill Road.

Cherrybrook Structure Plan (pdf, 8.2MB) updated October 2013

Last Updated 29-Jul-2014