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Railway electricity rights - RailCorp

If you own or occupy land near railway electrical infrastructure, you may have legal obligations...

RailCorp aims to raise awareness of the responsibilities of property owners living in close proximity to railway electrical infrastructure.

Call 131 500 to find out if your land or property is affected by Railway Electricity Rights.

RailCorp work is performed by Sydney Trains and they have the right to access thousands of properties in Sydney, the Central Coast, Illawarra, South Coast and the Blue Mountains to protect and maintain the railway’s electrical infrastructure.

These rights are important to:

  • keep you safe around power lines and other electrical infrastructure;
  • protect our infrastructure from damage and interference; and
  • provide us with access to undertake inspections and maintenance.

Electricity rights

The electrical infrastructure is governed by the NSW Electricity Supply Act 1995, the NSW Transport Administration Act 1988 and, in some circumstances, by easements and specific agreements with land owners. These collectively provide Sydney Trains with a legal right to access property to protect our electrical infrastructure.

Access and maintenance

Sydney Trains maintenance teams and authorised contractors have the right to access land to:

  • install, maintain and remove infrastructure above, below or on the surface of the land;
  • bring people, vehicles and equipment to the site to perform these activities;
  • remove structures that could interfere with the infrastructure, or become a fire or safety risk;
  • trim or remove trees and vegetation that could interfere with the infrastructure, or become a fire or safety risk; and
  • inspect antennas that could fall and hit our power lines.

Sydney Trains are required to comply with specific procedures and obligations when exercising its right to access land.

Your responsibilities

You may be required to keep clear a 5 metre wide strip of land running the full length of the infrastructure (as a maintenance vehicle access road). You may also be prevented from placing obstructions within 5 metres of a power line, transformer, pole, equipment or support wire, or within 10 metres of a steel power line structure. Penalties may apply for interfering with railway electrical infrastructure.

Safety guidelines - For the use of land under transmission lines
Activity Restriction
Planting trees/shrubs Maximum growth height of 3 metres
Parking cars and trucks Maximum height of 4.6 metres with load
Parking caravans

Maximum height of 4.6 metres

Must not be occupied or connected to power

Installing clothes hoists and barbeques Maximum height of 2.5 metres with metal parts earthed
Storing of non-flammable materials Permitted if materials can be moved at short notice
Grazing animals and farming activities Take care when ploughing or operating machinery
Building or extending houses, verandahs, pergolas, sheds, tennis courts or any large structures

Call 131 500 for information before you proceed with these activities

If you have already commenced work, please call us as soon as possible.

Call ‘Dial Before You Dig’ (1100) for advice before excavating

Building roads or fences
Subdividing land
Installing swimming pools or irrigation systems
Installing utilities such as electricity or phone lines
Excavating or filling to change the contours of the land
Operating machinery taller than 4.6 metres
Storing flammable materials
Flying kites or model aircraft

Burning off, lighting fires or using explosives


The information on this web page may not apply to all property owners. It is not legal advice. No person should rely on the contents without seeking further advice.

Last updated: 2 November 2016

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