Construction of the Botany Rail Duplication and Cabramatta Loop remain on track to be completed next year to meet predicted future demand on the Southern Sydney Freight Line.
The Botany Rail Duplication, which will allow freight to be moved more efficiently and effectively, involves duplicating the remaining 2.9km section of single line track into Port Botany and upgrading signalling.
Major bridge works in Mascot and Botany have been a major focus this year, including completion of new rail bridges over Robey Street, O’Riordan Street and Southern Cross Drive.
Robey Street and O’Riordan Street bridges were constructed in separate five-day rail possessions earlier this year, and the duplicated Southern Cross Drive bridge structure was built while traffic continued below, using a temporary steel truss which was lifted into place by a 600-tonne crane.
As we push ahead to final commissioning of the project in 2024 with delivery partner John Holland, track and signalling installation will be a key priority.
Construction of the 1.65km Cabramatta Loop Project is also on schedule for completion next year with delivery partner Fulton Hogan.
Designed to increase rail freight capacity on the Southern Sydney Freight Line by allowing trains travelling in either direction to pass each other, Cabramatta Loop Project works have included the construction of new bridges at Sussex Street and Cabramatta Creek, as well as utilities, civil and landscaping works to reconfigure Broomfield Street in Cabramatta.
Broomfield Street civil works have been completed – all new driveways, footpaths and service relocations – while noise wall panels were 85% installed on the newly-constructed retaining wall by the end of October.
Like the Botany Rail Duplication, ongoing works in the lead-up to final commissioning of the Cabramatta Loop Project are focusing on track and signalling installation.
For more information, visit the Botany Rail Duplication page on our website.