Botany Rail Duplication Project

About the Project

In May 2018 the Australian Government announced a funding commitment of $400m for the Port Botany Rail Line Duplication. The project will duplicate the remaining 2.9km section of single line track of the Port Botany Rail Line (PBRL) between Mascot and Botany (known as Botany Rail Duplication Project), and construct a 1.4km passing loop at Cabramatta (known as the Cabramatta Loop Project).

The Botany Rail Duplication Project will meet future freight demand and support current NSW Government targets to increase the rail mode share, ultimately reducing truck movements and congestion in the proximity of Port Botany and Sydney Airport.

Botany Rail Duplication includes the following key features:

  • Construction of a second track within the rail corridor from Mascot (near King St) to Botany (near Banksia St) for a distance of 2.9km
  • Slewing of the existing track in some sections to improve duplicated alignment and minimise boundary impacts
  • Installation of new rail crossovers to allow trains to move between the two tracks
  • New bridges to provide for the new track at Mill Pond, Southern Cross Drive, O’Riordan Street and Robey Street
  • Re-constructing existing bridges at O’Riordan Street and Robey Street
  • Constructing a new embankment and retaining structure adjacent to Qantas Drive between Robey and O’Riordan Streets
  • Constructing a new embankment between Mill Pond and Botany Road bridges.

Ancillary work will include bi-directional signalling upgrades, drainage work and protecting / relocating utilities.

The project is subject to State planning approval.

Botany Rail Duplication will complement future upgrades taking place in the airport precinct which aim to improve traffic flow and help reduce congestion on nearby roads. As such, we are working closely with Roads and Maritime Services in developing the design and planning for the Sydney Gateway Project.

Botany Rail Duplication Project is a key ARTC initiative that supports the NSW Freight and Ports Plan 2018-2023. Together, with the Cabramatta Loop Project, Botany Rail Duplication will provide the capacity to meet predicted growth in the containerised freight task and support rail services between Port Botany and metropolitan freight intermodal terminals.

Geographical location

Why is Botany Rail Duplication Needed?

Port Botany is the largest container port (by volume) in Australia and handles 99% of NSW’s container demand.

Efficient access to Port Botany is critical to the economic growth and prosperity of Sydney, NSW and Australia. The amount of container freight handled by Port Botany is predicted to significantly increase – from 14.4 million tonnes in 2016 to 25.5 million tonnes in 2036, representing an increase of 77 per cent (NSW Freight and Ports Plan 2018-2023, pg28)

Both the Australian and NSW Governments have identified clear objectives to increase the share of freight moved by rail – from 17.5 percent in 2016 to 28 percent by 2021 (Transport for NSW 2018, Infrastructure Australia, 2018).

The Metropolitan Freight Network is mostly duplicated track with a single-track section between Botany and Mascot, which constrains freight movements into, and out of, Port Botany.

The Botany Rail Duplication project will improve rail connections, reliability and efficiency and will increase capacity to meet demand and enable more freight to be moved by rail.

Benefits and Opportunities

How can you have your say?

We are committed to working closely with stakeholders as the Botany Rail Duplication Project progresses. We’re in the early planning stages and have submitted a State Significant Infrastructure Application for the Project. Early consultation has occurred with key stakeholders and the community and will continue throughout the planning process, for consideration.

We welcome feedback throughout the process and encourage you to submit your comments and enquiries via our EnviroLine by emailing or calling 1300 550 402.

Opportunities for stakeholder and community input throughout the planning process include:

  • Informing the community via notifications and the website about the project
  • Written communication to property owners/occupants close to the project site
  • Continued consultation with affected stakeholders and landowners
  • Seek feedback via public exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Further information on making a submission will be advised in early 2019
  • Community information session(s) during the exhibition period, depending on the level of interest (dates to be advised).

Stakeholder and community input may inform the project design and management of environmental issues.


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Where are we in the Planning process?

What happens next?

The Project Application will be assessed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and the Project will receive the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) expected mid-late December 2018.

The project planning phase will commence based on the requirements of the SEARs.

It is expected consultation for the planning phase will re-commence in February 2019.

Contact us


Phone: 1300 550 402


Mail: Locked Bag 14, Sydney NSW 2001

Our aim is to respond to all queries within 2 working days, if your query takes no longer we will contact you to discuss an indicative response timeframe.

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