Epping to Thornleigh Third Track

Project profile

The project involved the construction of six kilometres of new and upgraded track within the rail corridor between Epping and Thornleigh stations on the western side of the existing tracks.

The new (third) track will separate northbound freight from all-stops passenger train movements along the steep incline between Epping and Thornleigh. This will help provide additional capacity for northbound (interstate container) freight trains, particularly during the daytime when passenger trains currently have priority.

The Epping to Thornleigh Third Track (ETTT) is now complete and the new track is available for freight and passenger services to use.

Key features

The key features of the project include:

  • construction of approximately six kilometres of new track on the western side of the existing track between Epping and Thornleigh
  • an access upgrade to Cheltenham Station to make it compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act 1982. The new design will include construction of a small concourse (on the southern side of the existing overbridge) to allow space for ticketing facilities, two new lifts and stairs to provide access to the existing platforms.
  • modifications to the pedestrian underpass and commuter car park (retaining existing numbers of parking spaces) at Beecroft Station
  • construction of a new rail bridge crossing the M2 Motorway and Devlins Creek
  • extension of Pennant Hills Station concourse, including a new lift and stairs and modifications to Yarrara Road footpath and roadway, and a replacement footbridge south of the station
  • widening of a number of cuttings along the alignment to accommodate the new third track
  • modifications to existing services within the rail corridor and in some public areas.

View the Epping to Thornleigh Third Track map.

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Project status

The project was completed in June 2016. Landscaping and finishing works will be completed over the coming months.

For more information on the project, visit our current works page and environment page.

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Slideshow Images (Links below display larger version of images:)
The new third track separates northbound freight from all stops passenger trains
New public artwork at Beecroft Station
New rail bridge over the M2 motorway
The new Cheltenham Station concourse includes lifts