Thursday, February 2, 2012

Northern Sydney Freight Corridor

The following was received from Transport of NSW in response to an enquiry:

Thank you for your email regarding the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor (NSFC) Program.
The NSFC Program is a jointly funded initiative, supported by both the Australian and NSW governments, to improve the capacity and reliability for freight trains on the Main North Line between North Strathfield and Broadmeadow, Newcastle. A scoping study has been carried out which has identified four projects in this stage of the program.
The program involves the construction of:
o        a rail underpass at North Strathfield
o        a third track between Epping and Thornleigh
o        new passing loops near Gosford
o        a holding loop at Hexham.
Transport for NSW is responsible for the delivery of the projects at North Strathfield, Epping to Thornleigh and Gosford.  Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is responsible for the delivery of the Hexham project.
Environmental assessments are currently being prepared which will provide information on all environmental factors associated with the construction and operation of the projects within the NSFC Program, including noise and visual impacts and mitigation options. To ensure the projects benefit from local input, the environmental assessments will be publicly displayed for members of the community to review and provide comment later this year.
In our correspondence with you dated 9 September 2011, we let you know you would be able to talk to the project team once design has further progressed and environmental impact assessments had been completed as part of the public exhibition process.
Public exhibition dates have not been confirmed yet. Once this is finalised we will contact you about the community information sessions. The information sessions will provide an opportunity to talk to key members of the NSFC project team, who will be on hand to answer any questions you my have on the program.
For enquires regarding the existing rail corridor and railway line or to report a problem please contact RailCorp directly through the RailGreenline on
1300 656 999 or the Transport Information Line on 131 500
Up-to-date information is also available on the Projects page of the Transport for NSW website ( 
If you require further information can also call the Project Infoline on 1800 684 490.  
Kind regards
Kelly Potts
Public Affairs Officer | Transport Construction Authority
Transport for NSW

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