- ARTC invites community feedback on the Southern Highlands Overtaking Opportunities project
- Review of Environmental Factors will be on public exhibition from 19 October to 2 November
- REFs will be available to view online and in person, at Goulburn and Moss Vale
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is inviting the community to have their say on the $41 million Southern Highlands Overtaking Opportunities project that will deliver overtaking opportunities for trains at Werai in the Southern Highlands, and Joppa Junction near Goulburn.
When completed, the Southern Highlands Overtaking Opportunities project will allow for more efficient movement of freight and passenger rail services, increasing flexibility, reducing delays and congestion on the ARTC network, particularly for freight and passenger services on the crucial Sydney to Melbourne rail line.
Two Review of Environmental Factors (REF) assessments, which identify and assess the environmental impacts of the project at the Werai and the Joppa Junction sites respectively, will be on public exhibition from Wednesday 19th October to Wednesday 2nd November 2022.
The REFs will be available to read online and in person at the following locations:
- Goulburn Mulwaree Library: 184/194 Bourke St, Goulburn NSW 2580
- Moss Vale Library: Civic Centre, 68 Elizabeth Street, Moss Vale NSW 2577
Feedback can be provided by emailing email@example.com, calling 1300 550 402, or mailing to NSW Projects Community Engagement Team, GPO Box 14, Sydney NSW 2001.
Subject to approvals, the project construction is expected to start in late 2022 and be completed by late 2024.
ARTC Group Executive Major Construction Projects Mike Zambelli said:
“The two locations will each provide two ‘double crossovers’ approximately 2km apart, to allow trains of up to 1800m in length to be overtaken by faster services.
“We invite the community to come forward and have their say while the REFs are on exhibition. Following this, we will prepare a Submissions Report which considers the comments that have been submitted.”