New Intercity Fleet Program Springwood to Lithgow Rail Corridor Modifications


Project overview

Modifications are needed along the rail corridor from west of Springwood Station to Lithgow Station, including minor modifications to the Ten Tunnels Deviation (between Newnes Junction Station and Zig Zag Station), to accommodate the new and existing trains.

Key benefits

  • Extending platforms at Katoomba Station and Lithgow Station

  • Modifications to station platform edges (known as platform coping), and the existing platform canopy at Faulconbridge Station

  • Re-positioning of rail tracks along the length of the rail corridor

  • Signalling works and upgrades to the overhead wiring system and supporting structures.

  • Minor modifications to sections of the lining of eight of the tunnels (called 'notching')
  • The installation of rock bolts and replacement of lighting shields.

Project update

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) (PDF, 186.85 KB)for Springwood to Lithgow Rail Corridor Modifications was placed on public display and community feedback invited from 8 August to 28 August 2017. The project has now been determined and feedback received has been responded to in aDetermination Report (PDF, 9.03 MB).

We would like to thank the community for their feedback, which will help further develop the project.

Next steps

A contract will soon be awarded for the detailed design and construction of the project. Construction is expected to start in late 2018 and take approximately two years to complete.

The majority of construction work would be undertaken during pre-existing and scheduled Sydney Trains trackwork weekends/shutdown periods to ensure the safety of customers and staff.

The construction activities to be completed in the tunnels, will have minimal noise or environmental impacts.

Every effort would be made to minimise any construction impacts to the local community. We will keep the community and customers informed prior to any activities taking place.

Planning documents

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A new fleet of intercity trains carrying customers from Sydney to the Central Coast, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains and the South Coast.