Milestone bridge works for Botany Rail Duplication project

  • ARTC is installing a new bridge in Mascot as part of the Botany Rail Duplication project
  • Robey Street will be closed from 11:00pm Friday 3rd to 4:30am Monday 6th February 2023
  • Detours will be in place, motorists heading to the airport are advised to allow additional travel time

In a construction milestone for the Botany Rail Duplication project, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will be dismantling a rail bridge on Robey Street, north of Qantas Drive in Mascot, so that a new bridge can be installed.

To enable this, Robey Street, Mascot between Qantas Drive and O’Riordan Street will be closed from 11:00pm Friday 3rd to 4:30am Monday 6th February 2023.

Northbound lanes on O’Riordan Street between Robey Street and King Street will also be closed during this time. Access for local businesses will be maintained, and traffic controllers will be on site.

There will be no northbound access to Robey Street from Seventh Street for motorists exiting Sydney Domestic Airport. Motorists will be directed to turn either left or right into Qantas Drive.

Motorists heading to the city should turn right into Qantas Drive and use Wentworth Avenue and Botany Road. This detour route will be signposted. Alternatively, motorists can use Mill Pond Road and Southern Cross Drive.

Motorists should expect heavy traffic and delays on roads around Mascot and Sydney Airport during this time.

The Australian Government is fully funding ARTC to deliver the $400 million Port Botany Rail Line Duplication project, which will deliver better access to global export markets via Port Botany, improve freight supply chains across New South Wales and help ease local road congestion.

The project will duplicate the remaining 2.9km section of single line track to Port Botany, allowing freight to be moved more efficiently and effectively, and will help meet future demand where the freight task is predicted to increase by 77 per cent by 2036.

ARTC Group Executive Major Construction Projects Mike Zambelli said:

“The Botany Rail Duplication is a transformational project; the Robey Street bridge construction indicates major construction works are on track with the project expected to be complete in 2024.

“Not only will this project increase freight capacity, it will also encourage more freight movements to be made by rail – helping to shift freight away from road transport and reduce truck movements and associated traffic congestion.

“Each extra freight train travelling on the Port Botany Rail Line will take up to 54 trucks off Sydney’s roads and that will be well received by local road users.

“We thank motorists for their patience during this period and remind those heading to the airport to allow additional travel time.”

There will be temporary bus stop closures and changes to bus services in the area. Plan your trip on public transport at:

Motorists can visit for information about the closure or the Botany Rail Duplication webpage for more information about the project.


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