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

Sydney to Parkes Faster Rail Business Case

Funding Program:Major Project Business Case
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2020 - Early 2021
Estimated Project Cost:$16,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$8,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Bathurst Regional Council,Blacktown City Council,Blayney Shire Council,Blue Mountains City Council,Burwood Council,Cabonne Shire Council,Forbes Shire Council,City of Lithgow Council,Orange City Council,Parkes Shire Council,Penrith City Council,Strathfield Municipal Council,The Council of the City of Sydney
Corridor:Sydney - Adelaide, Sydney - Dubbo

Project Description

The project developed a strategic business case that investigated options to provide faster passenger rail services from Sydney to Parkes.


The project determined the economic, environmental and social costs and benefits of improved passenger rail services from Sydney to Parkes.


The cost of the strategic business case was $16 million. The Australian Government contributed $8 million (capped) and the New South Wales Government $8 million.


The strategic business case commenced on 15 April 2020 and was completed on 7 April 2021.

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Project details last updated: 18/05/2021