Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Freight rail upgrades between Sydney and Newcastle – Gosford Passing Loops

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2013 - Early 2015
Estimated Project Cost:$134,289,466
Australian Government Contribution:$122,912,000
Corridor:Sydney - Brisbane, Sydney Urban

Project Description

The Gosford Passing Loops (GPL) project enabled the construction of two new passing loops on the Main North Line between Sydney and Newcastle at Gosford, one northbound and one southbound to accommodate 1500 metre freight trains.


The project provided two new passing loops to increase capacity for freight services on the Main North Line. Other benefits included the diversion of freight from road to rail; improved efficiency flowing from improved reliability; reduced transit times and congestion; and improved productivity from rail operations.

Completion of Stage 1 of the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program has helped to increase rail’s market share for the transport of freight, reduce the occurrence of road accidents, and reduce air pollution, greenhouse emissions and noise.


The Australian Government contributed $122.912 million for this project with Transport for NSW funding the remainder of the costs.


Delivery Phase funding was approved in April 2012, enabling commencement of detail design work with construction commencing in June 2013. The project was fully commissioned into service on 13 April 2015.

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Project details last updated: 2/08/2018