Inland Rail - Narromine to Narrabri
Preferred bidder announced
Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.
The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.
The project has a firm commitment and timeline from a state, territory or major local government, but has not yet entered the market.
The project or transaction is under procurement (such as a call for Expressions of Interest, requests for tender, or another offer to the market).
Preferred bidder announced
A preferred bidder has been selected and is in exclusive negotiations.
Projects that have progressed to contractual close remain on ANZIP for 12 months.
ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:
Construction projects: > AUD$300m
Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m
All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million
The circa $10 billion Inland Rail project would see the creation of a 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight rail line along Australia's east-coast - bypassing the congested Sydney network and the circuitous north coast line via Australia’s four richest farming regions in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
The Narromine to Narrabri (N2N) section is the longest and most significant greenfield project within Inland Rail, comprising circa 307 kilometres of new track.
On 30th November 2017, the recommended alignment from the east of Narromine to the east of Narrabri was confirmed. The preferred corridor will be taken forward through the NSW Government’s planning and approval process, which will lead to an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for this project.
In July 2018, a $13.5 million contract was awarded to a JacobsGHD IR Joint Venture by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) for feasibility design work for the N2N section.
An application for the project to be declared State Significant Infrastructure will be sought by ARTC along with the issuing of the EIS requirements by the NSW Government. This process is expected to take 18-24 months.
The section currently intended to be procured under a collaborative contract such as an alliance.
Construction works on the Narromine to Narrabri section will not commence until all necessary approvals have been received. Procurement is currently expected to start in late-2020. ARTC has indicatively scheduled construction to start in the second half of 2021 and be completed by late-2025.
Last reviewed: 18/10/2019