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Port Botany Rail Line Duplication

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Rail
Estimated Project Cost:$400,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$400,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Fairfield City Council,Liverpool City Council
State:NSW
Corridor:Sydney Urban

Project Description

This project will duplicate the remaining 2.9 kilometre freight rail single track section of the Port Botany Rail Line (PBRL) between Mascot and Botany, and construct a 1.4 kilometre passing loop to allow trains to pass at Cabramatta. The project comprises:

  • new bridge structures, spans, civil works and track duplication east from Robey Street, Mascot
  • new rail bridge across Southern Cross Drive and duplicated track across the existing Botany Road bridge
  • embankment works adjacent to Mill Pond and a new rail bridge across Mill Pond Creek
  • duplication to Banksia Street, Botany, connecting with existing double track near Botany Rail Yard
  • construction of a freight rail passing loop between Cabramatta and Warwick Farm

Benefits

Duplicating the remainder of the PBRL and constructing the Cabramatta loop will:

  • improve rail connection efficiency, freight transit times, and service reliability to and from Port Botany
  • alleviate constraints and increase the capacity of Sydney’s freight rail network, which supports the logistics and supply chain activities of existing intermodal terminals such as Enfield and Chullora
  • encourage a shift in freight share from road to rail, to reduce the rate of growth in truck movements and associated traffic congestion in and around Sydney Airport and Port Botany
  • provide capacity to meet the growth in the containerised freight task and future port-shuttle rail services between Port Botany and the new intermodal terminal under construction at Moorebank

Funding

The Australian Government is fully funding the $400 million project to be delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation.

Timetable

Preliminary site investigations and works will get underway in 2018-19 with the project scheduled for completion in 2025-26.

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Project details last updated: 8/05/2018