Inland Rail’s Narromine – Narrabri section approved

Narromine – Narrabri railThe Australian Government Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water approved the Narromine – Narrabri rail section part of Inland Rail.

This decision follows the New South Wales Government approval and is a key step in the staged approach agreed to by the Australian Government in its response to the recommendations made by Kerry Schott, the leader of an independent review of the Inland Rail progamme for getting the delivery of Inland Rail back on track.

The approval will underpin the next stage of the design for the Narromine to Narrabri project, Inland Rail’s longest section of track comprising over 300 km of new track in mid-north-western New South Wales, helping provide more certainty that Inland Rail can be built to an agreed budget and time frame.

“The Narromine to Narrabri project is Inland Rail’s longest stretch of new rail and is a key link in the future Inland Rail supply chain and less than 24-hour freight transit time for goods between Melbourne and Brisbane. Now that we have a full suite of approval conditions, the survey and investigation activities are critical inputs to the next stage of design and securing the land needed for the Narromine to Narrabri project corridor,” Rob Storey, Inland Rail Director Pre-Contracts, said.

When constructed, the Narromine – Narrabri rail section will link the completed Parkes to Narromine and Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 projects, providing new freight capacity and improved connectivity to ports on the east coast and westwards via Parkes to Adelaide and Perth.

Moving forward, the Narromine to Narrabri project team will continue to engage with NSW and local government and the community as we undertake necessary activities to further inform the design of the Narromine to Narrabri project.

These activities include surveys and on-site investigations to help provide more certainty that Inland Rail can be built to an agreed budget and schedule.

Inland Rail is committed to ensuring that the final design of the project addresses and appropriately mitigates potential impacts to environment and social amenity in accordance with the approvals of the Federal and NSW governments.

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