New Intercity Fleet Program Ten Tunnels Deviation Modifications

Reviewed

Project overview

Minor modifications to the Ten Tunnels Deviation (between Newnes Junction Station and Zig Zag Station) are needed to enable through services to Lithgow on the new trains.

Key benefits

  • 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 overview

The NSW Government is delivering a New Intercity Fleet to replace the trains carrying customers from Sydney to the Central Coast, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains and the South Coast. 

The new state-of-the-art trains will replace the ageing V-Sets to provide customers with a more comfortable and reliable journey. The trains will feature wider, more spacious seats with arm rests, charging facilities for mobile devices, two by two seating for extra room and comfort, dedicated spaces for luggage, prams, bicycles and wheelchairs, improved accessibility including accessible toilets, cup holders and tray tables, improved customer information through digital information screens and announcements, CCTV and help points and modern air conditioning.

The Ten Tunnels Deviation comprises 10 tunnels, and the associated rail reserves in between, located on the Blue Mountains Line between Newnes Junction Station and Zig Zag Station.

Minor modifications to the Ten Tunnels Deviation (between Newnes Junction Station and Zig Zag Station) are needed to enable through services to Lithgow on the new trains.

Project update

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) (PDF, 7.18 MB) was prepared and community feedback invited from 6 February to 27 February 2018. We would like to thank the community for their feedback, which will help further develop the project.

Feedback received has been considered as part of the planning approval process and has been responded to in a Determination Report (PDF, 1.27 MB).

Planning documents

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.

As all construction activities would be undertaken within the tunnels, any noise or environmental impacts would be minimal.

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.

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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.