Project

High Speed Rail - Sydney to Newcastle

PROJECT STATUS
Prospective
High Speed Rail - Sydney to Newcastle

The Australian Government, through the High Speed Rail Authority, is investigating the delivery of a high-speed rail network between Melbourne and Brisbane via Sydney.

The first section to undergo planning is between Sydney and Newcastle. The scope to be investigated includes: 

  • a dedicated high-speed rail alignment between Sydney and Newcastle
  • new stations in Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle
  • improvements to integrated transport networks
  • trains capable of speeds greater than 250 km/h
  • stabling, maintenance, rail systems and power upgrades, and
  • corridor protection for connections to Brisbane and Melbourne.

Funding contributions

Federal Government

Procurement

Procuring Agency: High Speed Rail Authority
Procurement note:

The Federal Government issued RFTs for eight works packages related to the Sydney to Newcastle business case, including tenders for

  • Project Controls Services;
  • Network Rail Operations Planning Services;
  • Economics, Funding and Financing, Demand Modelling and Economic Development Strategy;
  • Transport Land Use and Property Advisory Services;
  • Commercial, Delivery Strategy and Industry Engagement Services;
  • First Nations People Participation and Engagement Services;
  • First Nations People Cultural and Heritage Advisory Services; and
  • Technical, Advisory, Environment and Sustainability, Community and Stakeholder Engagement. 

PROJECT HISTORY

Sep 2022 The Federal Government allocated $500 million for planning, corridor acquisition and early works for the Sydney to Newcastle High Speed Rail as part of the 2022-23 Federal Budget (October).
Jan 2024 The Federal Government released $78.8 million for the development of a business case for the Sydney to Newcastle section from the initial allocation of $500 million made in September 2022. This funding was allocated over three years from FY2023-24.
Mar 2024 The Federal Government issued a Request for Tender (RFT) for eight work packages to support the delivery of the High Speed Rail Authority’s business case for the Sydney to Newcastle section of the proposed high-speed rail network. The work packages available for tender are: Project Controls Services; Network Rail Operations Planning Services; Economics, Funding and Financing, Demand Modelling and Economic Development Strategy; Transport Land Use and Property Advisory Services; Commercial, Delivery Strategy and Industry Engagement Services; First Nations People Participation and Engagement Services; First Nations People Cultural and Heritage Advisory Services; and Technical, Advisory, Environment and Sustainability, Community and Stakeholder Engagement. RFTs closed between 12 and 19 April 2024.
Estimated Total Cost
(2024)
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
New South Wales |
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