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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 over 500 kilometres of new track. It will consist of 13 individual projects across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Seven of the projects will be in NSW.


Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is delivering the project which is on the Infrastructure Australia Priority List.


The Parkes to Narromine section includes:

  • An upgrade of the existing rail corridor (approximately 106 kilometres), extending from the Goobang Junction at Parkes to south of Narromine.
  • A new connection to the Broken Hill line, including approximately 5 kilometres of new rail, at the southern end of the project near Parkes
  • Three new crossing loops within the existing rail corridor at Goonumbla, Peak Hill and Timjelly.

Inland Rail Project overview line map diagram showing Parkes to Narromine.


Image: Inland Rail project overview.


The New South Wales Minister for Planning approved the Parkes to Narromine section of the Inland Rail project under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.


As the project is considered a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, final approval for these works was then provided by the Department of the Environment and Energy.


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Page last updated: 26/11/2018