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Inland Rail – Narrabri To North Star Phase 1 project

Project Details

  • Registered Date: April 2016
  • Completion Date: November , 2020
  • Location: NSW
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This project by Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has achieved an 'Excellent' Design v1.2 IS Rating.


Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project that will enhance supply chains and complete the backbone of the national freight network between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Inland Rail will transform the way we move freight around the country, connect regional Australia to markets more efficiently, drive substantial cost savings for producers and consumers, and deliver significant economic benefits. Comprising 13 individual projects and spanning more than 1,700 km, Inland Rail is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia and one of the most significant infrastructure projects in the world.

The Narrabri To North Star Phase 1 project is an upgrade of approximately 174 km of track within the existing rail corridor and construction of approximately 1.6 km of new rail track. The works are required to accommodate the operation of future planned 1,800 m double-stacked freight trains.

The N2NS Phase 1 project works include:

  • Upgrading the existing rail line, generally within the current rail corridor
  • Re-establishing and/or expanding drainage works next to the track
  • Replacing existing culverts and adding new culverts
  • Significant level crossing works including adding flashing lights and boom gates at key sites
  • Replacing bridge at Croppa Creek
  • Establishing five crossing loops to allow trains to pass (Bobbiwaa Loop, Waterloo Creek Loop, Tycannah Creek Loop, Coolleearllee Loop and Murgo Loop)
  • Minor changes to track alignments at Bellata, Gurley and Moree stations
  • Providing a new road overpass over the existing rail corridor at Moree and replacing the Newell Highway overpass near Bellata.


  • Rating Type Rail
  • Rating Score 53
  • Registered Date April 2016
  • Certification Date November 2020
  • Jurisdiction Australia
  • States NSW


For more information on this project, visit the Inland Rail website.

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