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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Inland Rail is a freight rail connection between Brisbane and Melbourne being delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) on behalf of the Australian Government
  • 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 sections, seven of which are in NSW. Each part will be assessed separately.

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.

The Department independently assessed 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 was declared critical State significant infrastructure and consequently required the approval of the NSW Minister for Planning.

As the project is considered a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, the proposal also requires approval by the Commonwealth Government.


The Department of the Environment and Energy provided final approval for these works to proceed.

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Page last updated: 21/05/2019