Corridor projects

It’s no secret that NSW is growing. By 2056 more than 12 million people will call NSW home.

The NSW Government is committed to the vision of a 30 minute city – connecting residents to jobs, leisure activities, services and amenities in just 30 minutes. In order to achieve this in the future, we are planning now.

Future transport links

Outer Sydney Orbital Stage 1 corridor investigation


An investigation into a north – south motorway and freight rail corridor for Western Sydney, to link the Hills with the Macarthur region.

North South Rail Line and South West Rail Link Extension


Identifying land for the North South Rail Line and South West Rail Link Extension corridors.

Western Sydney Freight Line – Stages 1 and 2


Protecting land for a future freight rail link between the Western Parkland City and Port Botany

East West Rail Link


Protecting land for a future passenger rail link between Greater Parramatta and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

Outer Sydney Orbital Stage 2


Transport for NSW are identifying a future transport link between the Hume Motorway and Appin Road, east of Appin village.

Lower Hunter Freight Corridor


A future rail corridor to provide for a dedicated to freight between Fassifern on the Main North Railway line, and the Hunter Valley Rail Line at Hexham. This vital transport corridor will provide an essential freight rail connection to support growing communities, businesses and industries.


What is corridor preservation?


Corridor preservation is the process to reserve land for future transport links.

The corridor preservation process identifies and secures land needed for future infrastructure, such as roads and rail lines, before competing development comes along in a way that would prevent the land from being available for future transport infrastructure.

Corridor preservation is important when planning for the needs of growing communities and industries, to accommodate commuters, workers, businesses and industries who all rely on different types of transport modes.

Corridor preservation provides certainty for land owners, land use planners and developers.  Planning the necessary future transport links now ensures that as NSW grows, communities will have access to transport.

What is a transport link?

A transport link is the future transport infrastructure needed to support transport connections across Greater Sydney and regional NSW.

Transport links will operate within the strip of land known as the transport corridor. These transport corridors are paths for any future option of travel including road and rail, for use by buses, cars, trucks, passenger trains, freight trains, bikes and pedestrians.

In June 2020 the NSW Government confirmed the final corridors for the:

  • North South Rail Line
  • South West Rail Link Extension and the
  • Western Sydney Freight Line.

 More information

Corridor Protection and Gazettal

Corridor preservation is the process of reserving land for future transport links, learn more

Property Acquisition

Land is required for transport corridors and from time to time this may include property which is owned by private individuals or businesses.

Property acquisition within NSW is governed by the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991.

In NSW, state and local government agencies can acquire property for public projects, learn more.

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