Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program

Project profile

The Northern Sydney Freight Corridor (NSFC) Program is a joint Australian and NSW Government initiative to improve the capacity and reliability of freight trains between Strathfield and Broadmeadow, Newcastle.

The program will increase capacity for interstate container freight and remove the most serious bottleneck on the East Coast interstate, which connects Australia’s three largest cities (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane).

The NSFC Program currently comprises four key projects:

The Hexham Passing Loop Project was completed in 2012. Transport for NSW is currently delivering the remaining projects, which are scheduled for completion in 2016.


Well planned rail freight can stimulate new business activities, create jobs and increase the productivity and competitiveness of Australia’s industries.

Enhanced capacity of the rail freight network through the NSFC Program will allow rail to be more competitive with road transport for certain types of freight by:

  • improving freight train access through northern Sydney to the metropolitan freight network, Port Botany and container freight terminal
  • reducing freight transport operating costs
  • easing peak hour restrictions on freight services
  • improving reliability of passenger services on the Main North Line.

Transporting freight by rail also has a lesser impact on the environment and can reduce road congestion, road vehicle accidents and the resultant injuries and fatalities. Each freight train is equivalent to approximately 150 semi-trailers and transporting freight by rail generates one third of the greenhouse gases produced by road transport.

The NSFC will remove more than 200,000 heavy vehicle road trips per year within 15 years. It will also reduce diesel use by almost 40 million litres and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 100,000 tonnes each year.


Construction work is underway on the North Strathfield Rail Underpass Project, the Gosford Passing Loops Project and the Epping to Thornleigh Third Track Project.

More information regarding construction activities and the environment and planning approvals process is available on each project page.

Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Strategic Review Report

The Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Strategic Review Report has been prepared by Transport for NSW to summarise the planning approvals framework, strategic freight policy and options development assessment.  The report also summarises the business case appraisal and delivery strategy for the NSFC Program.

Download the Strategic Review Report (pdf 5.1MB).

Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program – Updated Stage 1 Business Case

NSFC Stage 1 Business Case (pdf 1MB)

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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.