New Intercity Fleet 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 and enable the new trains to service customers all the way to Lithgow.

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 will be made to sections of the lining in eight of the tunnels. These will consist of “notching” and “underpinning” works as well as the installation of rock bolts.

A contract has been 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.

Temporary impacts to the Blue Mountains Line

Due to infrastructure damage caused by the bushfires, there are currently partial closures on sections on the Blue Mountains Line, with buses replacing trains between Mount Victoria, Lithgow and Bathurst.

Please contact Transport Info on 131 500 or visit for more information about replacement transport services.

Project update

Some work planned for the Springwood to Lithgow Rail Corridor Modifications Project in December was postponed due to the bushfires.

As a result of the temporary closure of the Blue Mountains Line, this work is being rescheduled to take place as soon as possible, both during standard construction hours and during a planned possession in February and March.

We will be working in the Ten Tunnels Deviation from Monday 20 January to carry out the work activities listed above.

We will also be working during standard construction hours at Katoomba and Linden Stations from Monday 10 February 2020 to carry out cabling and services work.

The project is still expected to be complete by mid-2020.

Next steps

The construction activities to be completed in the Ten Tunnels Deviation will have minimal noise or environmental impacts.

Every effort will 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.

Project news

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.