New Intercity Fleet Springwood to Lithgow Rail Corridor Modifications

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Project overview

Modifications are now complete 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 fleet and enable the new trains to service customers all the way to Lithgow. Work included:

Key benefits

  • Extending platforms at Katoomba, Mount Victoria and Lithgow Stations
  • Modifications to station platform edges (known as platform coping), and the existing platform canopy
  • Re-positioning of rail tracks along some of the rail corridor, predominantly at the stations
  • Signalling work and adjustments to the overhead wiring system
  • Minor modifications to sections of the lining in eight of the tunnels, consisting of “notching” and “underpinning” works as well as the installation of rock bolts.

A contract was awarded to the Continuum Alliance, an alliance between Transport for NSW, CPB Contractors and Lendlease, for the detailed design and construction of the project.

Construction started in February 2019 and was completed in July 2020.

Project update

Modifications are now complete at Bell, Blackheath, Bullaburra, Faulconbridge, Hazelbrook, Katoomba, Lawson, Leura, Linden, Medlow Bath, Newnes Junction, Ten Tunnels Deviation, Wentworth Falls and Woodford.

For a summary of all work completed, please see our Springwood to Lithgow Rail Corridor Modifications project notification (PDF, 9.47 MB)  and project video below.

We’re moving towards the first passenger services later this year. The new fleet will be introduced progressively starting with the Central Coast and Newcastle Line, followed by the Blue Mountains Line and the South Coast Line.

New Intercity Fleet trains are expected to start testing as far west as Katoomba over the next few months and all the way to Lithgow soon after. Testing will be carried out along the entire Blue Mountains Line, mostly outside timetabled service times.

Katoomba mural restored

A famous mural at Katoomba Station depicting the Three Sisters was restored in May 2020 as part of the New Intercity Fleet Springwood to Lithgow Rail Corridor Modifications project.

The mural was originally painted by artist Vernon Treweeke in 1992, however years of exposure to the elements in the rail corridor had caused it to wear away.

As part of work to upgrade parts of the Blue Mountains Line in preparation for the arrival of the New Intercity Fleet, a local Blue Mountains artist was commissioned to restore Vernon Treweeke’s work.

Planning documents

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Email projects@transport.nsw.gov.au
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For urgent enquires or complaints regarding construction activities, please call 24 hours 1800 775 465

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