Major Contract

Inland Rail - Narrabri to North Star - Phase Two

Inland Rail - Narrabri to North Star - Phase Two

The Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section of Inland Rail will upgrade approximately 185 kilometres of existing rail corridor and construct approximately two kilometres of new track near Moree, New South Wales. The project is being delivered in two phases.

According to the project scoping report, Phase Two of the Narrabri to North Star section includes:

  • upgrading 11.8 kilometres of track 
  • building 1.7 kilometres of new track, bypassing the hairpin turn at Camurra
  • replacing and realigning bridges over the Mehi and Gwydir rivers
  • eight new underbridges
  • four crossings and culverts and three irrigation canals
  • repositioning link to Weemelah line
  • retaining Newell Highway level crossing
  • removing hairping infrastructure, and
  • replacing or upgrading of utilities, infrastructure and fencing affected by the track upgrade.

Key Dates

Sep 2021 Preferred Bidder Selection
Jul 2022 Expected Construction Commencement
Dec 2023 Expected Construction Completion


Procuring Agency: Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
Successful Tenderer: Freight Connect comprising Laing O’Rourke and FKG Group
Related contracts:
Engineering Consultant - Detailed Design
Successful Tenderer - WSP Australia and Mott MacDonald


Nov 2017 A Joint Venture comprising WSP Mott MacDonald was awarded contracts for detailed designs for Narrabri to North Star and Parkes to Narromine sections of Inland Rail Project.
Oct 2020 The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment issued the Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements for Phase two of the Narrabri to North Star section, covering the SP2 contract for works around Moree. This informs the Environmental Impact Statement.
Sep 2021 The ARTC appointed a consortium comprising Laing O’Rourke and FKG Group for the 'Central Civil Works Package', covering the Narrabri to North Star Phase Two section, North Star to NSW-Queensland Border section, and a portion of works within the NSW-Queensland Border to Gowrie section. Total package was estimated to be $1.2 billion. Contract close was expected in 2022, following planning and environmental approvals.
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
New South Wales | National |
Government resources
Project map
Phase Two Scoping Report