Major Contract

Inland Rail - Narromine to Narrabri

PROJECT STATUS
Under Procurement
Inland Rail - Narromine to Narrabri

The Narromine to Narrabri (N2N) section is the longest and most significant greenfield project within the Inland Rail Freight Corridor. According to summary findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment, the project comprises:

  • circa 306 kilometres of new track
  • support infrastructure able to accomodate 1,800 metre double-stacked trains
  • new rail connections with existing rail lines
  • seven crossing loops
  • 58 new bridges
  • 15 new viaducts
  • 51 new public level crossings
  • road realignments, and
  • ancilliary works such as realignments and utility relocations.

 

Key Dates

Sep 2020 ROIs Open
Dec 2021 Expected Construction Commencement
Dec 2025 Expected Construction Completion

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
Procurement note: The section currently intended to be procured under a collaborative contract such as an alliance.
Related contracts:
Engineering Consultant - Feasibility Design
Successful Tenderer - JacobsGHD IR Joint Venture comprising Jacobs and GHD

PROJECT HISTORY

Nov 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.
Jul 2020 ARTC awarded a $13.5 million contract to JacobsGHD IR Joint Venture comprising Jacobs and GHD for feasibility design work for the N2N section.
Sep 2020 The ARTC opened Registrations of Interest (ROIs) for the Rail Corridor Package, closing on 13 October 2020. ARTC sought a single contractor to undertake works across 561 kilometres of the corridor, across the Narromine to Narrabri, North Star to NSW-Queensland Border, and NSW-Queensland Border to Gowrie sections. Two Request for Proposal (RFP) rounds are to follow the ROI process, with the award of a ‘Collaborative Framework Agreement' to be finalised in the second quarter of 2021.
Dec 2020 ARTC lodged the Narromine to Narrabri Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE), for a public exhibition period from 8 December 2020 until 7 February 2021.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Alliance |
Location
New South Wales | National |
Resources
Government resources
EIS summary findings
Media releases
08/12/2020
02/07/2018