Port Botany Rail Duplication


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Port Botany Rail Duplication

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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.

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STATUS: Under procurement
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

The duplication of the Port Botany Freight Line aims to improve the efficiency and capacity of the rail connection to the port and reduce road congestion around Botany and the adjacent Kingsford Smith Airport. It also aims to support the intermodal terminals at Minto, Yennora, Chullora, Enfield, and Moorebank (once completed).

The project will involve the duplication of rail track and bridges across the 2.9 kilometre freight line between Mascot and Botany along with construction of a 1.65 kilometre passing loop between Cabramatta and Warwick Farm.



Key Dates

Oct 2019: EIS Released

Jan 2020: Shortlisted contractors announced

September 2020: Port Botany Rail Duplication tenders requested

December 2020: Cabramatta Passing Loop tenders requested

Late 2020: Cabramatta Loop tender process to begin

2021/22: Construction start

2023/24: Project completion





In the 2018-19 Federal Budget, the Government allocated $400 million between FY2018-19 and FY2024-25 towards the project.




The project is being delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

In January 2020, shortlisted contractors were announced for the project.

Shortlist for the Port Botany Rail Duplication:

  • CPB Contractors
  • Laing O’Rourke, and
  • John Holland


In September 2020, tenders were requested for the design and construction of the Port Botany Rail Duplication project.


Shortlist for the Cabramatta Loop:

  • Downer EDI
  • Fulton Hogan, and
  • John Holland



Project History


December 2020: Tenders were requested for design and construction of the Cabramatta Passing Loop.

September 2020: In September 2020, tenders were requested for the design and construction of the Port Botany Rail Duplication project.

August 2020: NSW Government approved both the Botany Rail Duplication and Cabramatta Loop Project as State Significant Infrastructure.

July 2020: Planning assessments for the Port Botany Rail Duplication and Cabramatta Rail Loop both fast-tracked under the NSW Government's Planning System Acceleration Program, with a decision to be made by 14 August 2020.

April 2020: Infrastructure Australia endorsed the business case for the Port Botany Rail Line Duplication project and added the project to the Infrastructure Priority List as a Priority Project. Business case approval was also provided to the Cabramatta Passing Loop.

March 2020: ARTC submitted its response to issues raised in submissions received as part of public exhibition process, per request of Secretary of DPIE pursuant to Section 5.17(6) of EPA Act.

January 2020: The shortlisted contractors were announced for both the Port Botany Rail Duplication and the Cabramatta Passing Loop projects.

October 2019: The EIS for the Port Botany Rail Duplication was released, with the exhibition and public feedback period ending on 13 November 2019.

August 2019: The NSW Governmental released for community feedback the Environmental Impact Statement for the Cabramatta passing loop. Feedback is due by 26 September 2019.



I-Body Assessment

The Port Botany Rail Duplication is listed as an Initiative for investigation (0-10 years) in the NSW Future Transport Strategy, while Infrastructure Australia lists it as a Priority Project on Infrastructure Priority List.

Last reviewed: 22/12/2020

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