Fixing Country Rail

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Project overview

Fixing Country Rail is a $400 million NSW Government program providing targeted infrastructure funding from Restart NSW for regional freight projects.

The program improves capacity, access, efficiency and reliability by upgrading parts of the regional rail network. 

About the program 

The Fixing Country Rail program is about:  

  • moving freight more efficiently around NSW  
  • increasing the capacity, access and reliability of the rail network  
  • reducing the cost of getting goods to market   
  • supporting jobs, growth and the economic productivity and
  • supporting a freight modal shift from road to rail.   

Regional NSW produced an estimated 255 million tonnes of freight in 2016, and this is expected to increase by 12 per cent to 286 million tonnes by 2036.

Economic growth in rural areas is critical to NSW to ensure the food, produce and raw materials that feed and power the state are able to move to market efficiently.

Projects funded under Fixing Country Rail include:

  • building sidings which are stretches of railroad track that allow freight trains to load and unload goods, while enabling trains on the same line to pass.   
  • building and upgrading passing loops that allow the use of high productivity trains and allow trains to overtake and pass each other on the line.   
  • upgrading the network so trains can carry larger loads.

Fixing Country Rail aligns with and complements Fixing Country Roads by improving regional freight connectivity and reducing the cost to market for regional businesses. 

Program Framework and funding

Fixing Country Rail is a strategic rail program, funded by Restart NSW – the NSW Government’s dedicated infrastructure fund.  

Decisions on projects informed by the ‘Regional Rail Corridor Strategy and other key rail network strategies developed by Transport for NSW. 

The Fixing Country Rail Program Framework (PDF, 8.04 MB) provides more detailed information about the program and its priorities.  

Although no longer a submission based program, Transport for NSW can identify new projects for consideration during regular consultation with industry stakeholders.

Stakeholders can also email freight@transport.nsw.gov.au with ideas for consideration against the framework strategies.

Previous funding rounds

2020  Round

In February 2021, the NSW Government made over $17 million available for 18 new projects under the 2020 round of Fixing Country Rail.  

2019  Round

The NSW Government made around $815,000 available to carry out 13 business cases under the 2019 round of Fixing Country Rail. View the list of projects.  

Rail sectionProject nameFunding amount
Orange – ParkesBumberry - Crossing LoopBusiness case funding
Junee – GriffithJunee North Fork to Main South Line – Line 
Reinstatement
Business case funding
Junee – GriffithJunee to Griffith – Intermediate Loops (approx. 2 
loops)
Business case funding
Orange – DubboKerrs Creek – Crossing LoopBusiness case funding
Narrabri – WalgettNarrabri to Walgett – 25 TALBusiness case funding
Narromine – CobarNarromine – Inland Rail ConnectivityBusiness case funding
Narromine – CobarNarromine to Nyngan – Line Upgrades 25 TALBusiness case funding
Narromine – CobarNyngan to Cobar – 25 TALBusiness case funding
Orange – ParkesPinecliffe – Crossing LoopBusiness case funding
Bowenfels – OrangePolona – Crossing LoopBusiness case funding
Stockinbingal – GriffithStockingbingal to GriffithBusiness case funding
Junee – GriffithWumbugal – Siding Business case funding
  Total $815,000

 

2018  Round

$58 million was made available for six projects in the tranche 1A round of Fixing Country Rail in 2018. A further $14.4 million was made available for one project in tranche 1B. View the list of projects.

Local Government Area(s)Project nameFunding amount
TemoraTemora West Siding$2,150,000
Bathurst, Orange, CabonneMain West Bi-Directional Signalling Upgrade (Wallerawang section)$12,907,000
CoonambleCoonamble South Siding$2,537,832
Temora Shire and Bland ShireTemora to Calleen Upgrade to 25 Tonne Axle Load$28,698,603
Mid-Western Regional Kandos to Gulgong Line Reinstatement Feasibility Study$500,000
Mid-Western RegionalMaryvale to Gulgong Corridor Opening -Feasibility Study$1,000,000

 

Round 1 

Over $138 million was made available for 13 new projects under the first round of Fixing Country Rail. View the list of projects. 

Local Government Area(s) Project Name Recommended Amount
Albury City CouncilEttamogah Rail Hub Siding Expansion$7,582,292
Murrumbidgee CouncilJunee to Griffith Line Upgrade$60,432,444
Forbes Shire CouncilRed Bend Rail Siding $970,000
Lachlan Shire CouncilCondobolin Rail Siding$1,210,000
Narromine Shire CouncilNarromine - Ulan Upgrade projects$4,217,459
Newcastle City CouncilPort Waratah Yard Configuration$3,326,720
Bogan Shire CouncilHermidale Multi User Siding$2,517,323
Narrabri Shire CouncilBellata Rail Siding$1,820,000
Goulburn Mulwaree CouncilTarago Passing Loop Extension$7,708,306
Shoalhaven City CouncilBerry to Bomaderry Rail Line and the OMEGA Tunnels Track Upgrade
 
$39,993,000
Wingecarribee Shire CouncilMount Murray Loop Extension$7,500,000
Junee Shire CouncilJunee North Triangle Planning$600,000
Narrandera Shire Council and Berrigan Shire 
Council
Narrandera-Tocumwal railway line reactivation study
 
$500,000
Pilot round  

In May 2017, the NSW Government announced over $14 million for 10 new projects in the pilot round of Fixing Country Rail. View the list of projects.   

Local Government 
Area(s)
Project nameRecommended amount
Moree Plains Shire 
Council
Reinstatement of a 3km section of Moree 
to Inverell railway line 
Up to $2 million
Walgett Shire CouncilRail siding extension at Burren Junction Up to $1.5 million
Carrathool Shire CouncilRail siding extension at HillstonUp to $3 million
Hilltops CouncilReinstatement of the almost 35km 
Maimuru to Demondrille railway line (part 
of non-operational Cowra Lines) 
Up to $5 million 
Narrandera Shire CouncilRail siding extension at Barellan Up to $1.5 million
Unincorporated ACTRail siding upgrade at the Canberra 
Railway Freight Terminal (Fyshwick)
Up to $1 million 
 
Shellharbour City 
Council/Shoalhaven City 
Council
Installation of a now turnout at The Rock Canberra 4 the centre of Dunmore Loop at ShellharbourShare of $1 million
Wollongong City CouncilInstallation of a new turnout at Rail siding 
upgrade at Unanderra
Share of $1 million 
Goulburn Mulwaree 
Council
Now crossing loop near TaragoShare of $1 million 
Tamworth Regional CouncilReinstatement of the non-operational line from West Tamworth to WestdaleShare of $1 million

 

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Email freight@transport.nsw.gov.au or contact us