Lower Hunter Freight Corridor


Project overview

Transport for NSW is consulting on a recommended corridor option for the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor which will provide for a future dedicated freight rail line between Fassifern and Hexham, bypassing Newcastle urban area. Separating rail freight from the passenger rail line is a NSW Government initiative to reduce network congestion on the rail network across Newcastle, and improve travel times and reliability for both rail freight and passenger rail services.

Key benefits

When built the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor would:

  • Separate rail freight and passenger rail services between the congested Fassifern and Hexham sections 
  • Support growing demand as freight and passenger rail services in Northern Sydney, Newcastle, and the Sydney-Newcastle corridor continue to grow.
  • Remove most rail freight from Newcastle’s urban area
  • Reduce network congestion and improve travel times and reliability for both rail freight and passenger rail services 
  • Support economic growth across the Lower Hunter region.
  • Relieve congestion and journey delays to road and active transport users around level crossings at St James Road, Adamstown and Clyde Street, Islington
  • Relieve pressure on regional roads and highways by moving more freight via a dedicate freight rail corridor
  • Reduce the number of heavy vehicles on the roads
  • Enable freight to move efficiently and safely.

View a map of the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor (PDF, 3.57 MB).

Have your say

Community consultation is now open for the corridor, where you may find more information and leave feedback. Use the interactive map to see the location of the corridor option and to provide feedback.

Consultation has been extended and will close Monday 27 September 2021.

Transport for NSW have worked together with Biraban, Mindaribba and Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Councils, the Saretta Art & Design Project Team with Professor John Maynard and Pambalong knowledge keepers to develop an interactive Story Map outlining the Aboriginal Cultural Values within the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor footprint on country that travels across the lands of the Awabakal and Wonnarua people.

Transport will be hosting an online celebration together with Saretta Fielding and John Maynard  to celebrate the work that has been completed as part of this cultural study.  Both Saretta and John will be available to answer your questions regarding the significance of the artwork. We will be posting more information around the virtual engagement event in the weeks to come.

View the Yarns Parai - Stories on Country.

On Tuesday 17 August 2021, we held a virtual engagement session with the project team panel and the community. 

Fixing Country Roads is a program which provides targeted funding to local councils to repair and upgrade regional NSW roads.