ARTC to undertake Narrabri to Turrawan Line Upgrade rail works

  • Rail works occurring at several sites from 6pm Friday 4th August and 9am Tuesday 8th August
  • Road users may have slightly longer travel times through Fitzroy St Level Crossing in Narrabri
  • Further works planned in rail corridor between Narrabri and Turrawan over two weekends

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will be carrying out rail enhancement works between Narrabri and Turrawan in New South Wales throughout August, as part of the 35km Narrabri to Turrawan Line Upgrade.

The first works will occur between 6pm Friday 4th August, and 9am Tuesday 8th August and will involve site mobilisation, the delivery of materials, surveying, drainage works, re-sleepering, and re-railing the track.

Further enhancements are planned within the existing rail corridor between Narrabri Coal and Turrawan, with works occurring between 6am and 6pm over two weekends on 12th-13th August, and 26th-27th August.

The $44.7m Narrabri to Turrawan Line Upgrade involves the upgrade of 35km of track between the Hunter Valley Coal Network, which will create a connection into the future Inland Rail project.

ARTC Group Executive Major Construction Projects Mike Zambelli said:

“There will be works at several locations within the rail corridor at sites including Narrabri Station (Reid Street and Logan Street), Spencer Street, Narrabri and Turrawan Road, Turrawan.

“ARTC will replace existing steel and timber sleepers with heavy duty concrete sleepers, replace the existing rail with upgraded rail, replacing ballast and conduct necessary earthworks for the project at various sites.

“Our work teams always endeavor to minimise any noise and disruptions the works may cause.

“As part of the works, road users may experience longer waits at the Fitzroy St Level Crossing in Narrabri for the duration of the works to allow for the enhancement works to be completed safely and efficiently as possible.

“We apologise for the inconvenience and as always we appreciate the patience and cooperation of motorists, commuters and customers.

“There are limited opportunities throughout the year when we can safely access the track, ARTC makes the most of these short windows to carry out jobs in a planned approach that minimises the impact of major works and reduces the potential for unplanned downtime.

“We also ask members of communities close to the rail corridor to be cautious during the shutdown period and keep an eye out for increased vehicle movements in and out of work sites.”

More information is available on the ARTC website. Community members can also contact ARTC Enviroline on 1300 550 402 or email for questions about the works.

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