Parkes to Narromine - ISCouncil

Parkes to Narromine

Project Details

  • Rating Type: Design
  • Location: NSW
  • Stakeholders:

This project by Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has registered for an As Built 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 Parkes to Narromine (P2N) project is the first part of Inland Rail to be built. Between Parkes and Narromine, NSW, we will upgrade 98.4km of existing rail track and have already completed a 5.3km portion of new rail track to improve transit times. This project is the first step in constructing the largest freight rail infrastructure program in Australia. Inland Rail will also provide a direct rail link between south east Queensland, Adelaide and Perth via the Parkes north west connection. This connection will deliver immediate benefits with the east–west transcontinental line to Perth.
The upgrades to the existing rail corridor and track between Parkes and Narromine include:

  • replacing existing sleepers, rail and ballast with new ballast, concrete sleepers and rail;
  • isolated re-aligning of the track to ease curves;
  • raising the level of the rail formation (the supportive foundations of the track);
  • replacing and upgrading existing culverts; and
  • renewing and upgrading existing level crossings.

We will also construct three crossing loops (areas where trains can pass each other), and carry out works on level crossings, signalling and communications, signage, fencing, and services and utilities adjustments.


  • Rating Type Rail
  • Practical Completion August 2020
  • Jurisdiction Australia
  • States NSW
  • Suburb Parkes and Narromine
  • Assessor Georgia Gosse
  • Capital Value $300 Million

Rating Highlights

“As an iconic, significant Program, both government and community will expect sustainability measures to be incorporated into design, construction and operation. The early planning phase of Inland Rail provides a unique and impactful opportunity to influence the effectiveness, benefits and outcomes of this transformational nation building project. Inland Rail has the ability to be more than just a railway, and more than a solution to a transport problem; it has an opportunity to strengthen the economic backbone of Australia for future generations.”

Georgia Gosse, Inland Rail Program Sustainability Manager


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