Fixing Country Rail
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.
The efficient movement of food, produce and raw materials that feed and power the state contributes to economic growth in rural areas.
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 enable trains to overtake and pass each other on the line.
- upgrading the network so that 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, informed by NSW Freight and Ports Plan, Future Transport and other key rail network strategies developed by Transport for NSW.
Although it is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas for consideration against the framework strategies.
Previous funding rounds
In February 2021, the NSW Government made over $17 million available for 18 projects under the 2020 round of Fixing Country Rail.
|Project name||Phase||Funding amount|
|Coolamon – Crossing Loop Extension||Delivery||$11,660,813|
|Gilgandra to Coonamble – 25 TAL||Design and Planning||$720,000|
|Narrabri to Walgett – 25 TAL||Design and Planning||$910,000|
|Narromine to Nyngan Line Upgrade – 25 TAL||Design and Planning||$750,000|
|Nyngan to Cobar – 25 TAL||Design and Planning||$870,000|
|Stockinbingal to Griffith – 25 TAL||Design and Planning||$920,000|
|Wumbulgal Siding Project||Design and Planning||$720,000|
|Bogan Gate to Tottenham – 25 TAL||Business Case||Business case funding|
|Bogan Gate to Tottenham New 1,300m Loop||Business Case||Business case funding|
|Calleen to Lake Cargelligo and Naradhan 25 TAL||Business Case||Business case funding|
|Griffith to Hillston – 25 TAL||Business Case||Business case funding|
|Griffith to Hillston – Intermediate Loops||Business Case||Business case funding|
|Narrabri to Walgett – Intermediate Loops||Business Case||Business case funding|
|Narromine to Cobar – Intermediate Loops||Business Case||Business case funding|
|Stockinbingal to Griffith – Intermediate Loops||Business Case||Business case funding|
|Temora to Lake Cargellio – Intermediate Loops||Business Case||Business case funding|
|Tharbogang - Crossing Loop & Upgrade to 25 TAL||Business Case||Business case funding|
|Troy Junction to Coonamble – Intermediate Loops||Business Case||Business case funding|
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 section||Project name||Funding amount|
|Orange – Parkes||Bumberry - Crossing Loop||Business case funding|
|Junee – Griffith||Junee North Fork to Main South Line – Line |
|Business case funding|
|Junee – Griffith||Junee to Griffith – Intermediate Loops (approx. 2 |
|Business case funding|
|Orange – Dubbo||Kerrs Creek – Crossing Loop||Business case funding|
|Narrabri – Walgett||Narrabri to Walgett – 25 TAL||Business case funding|
|Narromine – Cobar||Narromine – Inland Rail Connectivity||Business case funding|
|Narromine – Cobar||Narromine to Nyngan – Line Upgrades 25 TAL||Business case funding|
|Narromine – Cobar||Nyngan to Cobar – 25 TAL||Business case funding|
|Orange – Parkes||Pinecliffe – Crossing Loop||Business case funding|
|Bowenfels – Orange||Polona – Crossing Loop||Business case funding|
|Stockinbingal – Griffith||Stockingbingal to Griffith||Business case funding|
|Junee – Griffith||Wumbugal – Siding||Business case funding|
$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 name||Funding amount|
|Temora||Temora West Siding||$2,150,000|
|Bathurst, Orange, Cabonne||Main West Bi-Directional Signalling Upgrade (Wallerawang section)||$12,951,443|
|Coonamble||Coonamble South Siding||$2,537,832|
|Temora Shire and Bland Shire||Temora 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 Regional||Maryvale to Gulgong Corridor Opening -Feasibility Study||$1,000,000|
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 Council||Ettamogah Rail Hub Siding Expansion||$7,582,292|
|Murrumbidgee Council||Junee to Griffith Line Upgrade||$60,432,444|
|Forbes Shire Council||Red Bend Rail Siding||$970,000|
|Lachlan Shire Council||Condobolin Rail Siding||$1,210,000|
|Narromine Shire Council||Narromine - Ulan Upgrade projects||$4,217,459|
|Newcastle City Council||Port Waratah Yard Configuration||$3,326,720|
|Bogan Shire Council||Hermidale Multi User Siding||$2,517,323|
|Narrabri Shire Council||Bellata Rail Siding||$1,820,000|
|Goulburn Mulwaree Council||Tarago Passing Loop Extension||$7,708,306|
|Shoalhaven City Council||Berry to Bomaderry Rail Line and the OMEGA Tunnels Track Upgrade||$39,993,000|
|Wingecarribee Shire Council||Mount Murray Loop Extension||$7,500,000|
|Junee Shire Council||Junee North Triangle Planning||$600,000|
|Narrandera Shire Council and Berrigan Shire |
|Narrandera-Tocumwal railway line reactivation study||$500,000|
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 |
|Project name||Recommended amount|
|Moree Plains Shire |
|Reinstatement of a 3km section of Moree |
to Inverell railway line
|Up to $2 million|
|Walgett Shire Council||Rail siding extension at Burren Junction||Up to $1.5 million|
|Carrathool Shire Council||Rail siding extension at Hillston||Up to $3 million|
|Hilltops Council||Reinstatement of the almost 35km |
Maimuru to Demondrille railway line (part
of non-operational Cowra Lines)
|Up to $5 million|
|Narrandera Shire Council||Rail siding extension at Barellan||Up to $1.5 million|
|Unincorporated ACT||Rail siding upgrade at the Canberra |
Railway Freight Terminal (Fyshwick)
|Up to $1 million |
|Shellharbour City |
|Installation of a now turnout at The Rock Canberra 4 the centre of Dunmore Loop at Shellharbour||Share of $1 million|
|Wollongong City Council||Installation of a new turnout at Rail siding |
upgrade at Unanderra
|Share of $1 million|
|Goulburn Mulwaree |
|Now crossing loop near Tarago||Share of $1 million|
|Tamworth Regional Council||Reinstatement of the non-operational line from West Tamworth to Westdale||Share of $1 million|