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. Work includes:

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.

Project update

Throughout June, we will working at various locations on the Blue Mountains Line during standard construction hours to carry out completion work.

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

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.

Revised construction hours due to COVID-19

Under new rules introduced by the NSW Government to support the construction industry during the COVID-19 situation, some construction sites can now operate on weekends and public holidays.

Under the new Order, standard construction hours are now 7am to 6pm every day, including public holidays.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development – Construction Work Days) Order 2020 will continue for up to six months and all changes to the Order will be communicated accordingly. It enables workers to abide by social distancing rules while keeping construction projects progressing by allowing building work to be spread across more days of the week.

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.