North Strathfield Rail Underpass

Project profile

The North Strathfield Rail Underpass Project involves the construction of a rail underpass at North Strathfield, and a new aerial concourse at Concord West Station, including four new lifts and platform upgrades. The underpass and associated tracks will improve network reliability for freight and passenger trains by removing the need for freight trains to cross over the existing tracks on the Main North Line.

Key features

The key features of the project include:

  • a new rail underpass for freight trains at North Strathfield
  • new track to connect to the existing relief goods loop at North Strathfield
  • 2.4 km of new track and upgrade of 850 m of existing track
  • a new aerial concourse and the installation of four new lifts at Concord West station
  • relocation of an existing RailCorp depot at North Strathfield Station
  • associated civil and structural works
  • provision of new rail systems, including overhead wire, high voltage, low voltage, communications and signalling
  • utility relocations/protection.

View the North Strathfield Rail Underpass map (JPEG 100KB)

Key benefits

The North Strathfield Rail Underpass Project will:

  • enable additional paths (opportunities for freight travel) and reduce waiting times for freight trains
  • increase reliability of both freight trains and passenger services
  • remove the need for freight trains to cross lines at North Strathfield Junction which impacts passenger train services
  • enable a 1,500 metre freight train to stand clear of the Main North Line so other trains can pass before entering the single track section towards Flemington.

Project status

A partnership between John Holland and Bouygues Travaux Publics Australia has been awarded an Alliance contract by the NSW Government to deliver the North Strathfield Rail Underpass project. Major work started in March 2013.

The North Strathfield Rail Underpass Project was approved in October 2012. The REF and Submissions Report are available to download on the North Strathfield Rail Underpass Environment Page.

Operational Noise and Vibration Management Plan

An Operational Noise and Vibration Management Plan (ONVMP) has been prepared to assess noise and vibration impacts that will arise from the operation of the new North Strathfield Rail Underpass (NSRU).

The plan includes proposed measures to reduce the noise and vibration impacts of the project including noise barriers and at-property treatment. Community members are invited to comment on the ONVMP until Wednesday 27 August 2014.

To view the ONVMP or to find out about the upcoming community information sessions please visit the current works page.

Urban design and landscaping consultation

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the project’s Urban Design and Landscaping Plan (UDLP). Comments and suggestions will be assessed and addressed and feedback provided to the community.

Northern Sydney Freight Corridor fact sheet

The NSFC program delivers significant economic, environmental and train passenger benefits. A fact sheet has been prepared outlining these benefits.

Slideshow Images (Links below display larger version of images:)
North Strathfield Station (pre-construction)
Trains passes at Concord West Station
Artist's impression of the upgraded Concord West Station