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Supporting the continued economic growth, Australian industry and prosperity of Sydney now and into the future.

Botany Rail Duplication

Our team is delivering the Botany Rail Duplication Project for the Australian Government which will increase the capacity of Sydney’s freight rail network to meet existing and future demand.

The completed project will increase capacity on the Botany Rail Line from 20 train movements a day to 45 train movements a day by 2030. The project will increase capacity on the Botany Line and wider Metropolitan Freight Network, with one train able to move around the same number of containers as 54 trucks. This will encourage a shift in freight from road to rail, helping to reduce truck movements and associated traffic congestion and support continued economic growth.

Scope includes:

  • Track duplication – constructing a new track within the rail corridor for three kilometres. 
  • Track realignment and upgrading – moving track sideways to make room for the new track. 
  • New crossovers – constructing new crossovers to allow trains options to move between tracks. 
  • Bridge works – constructing new rail bridges at Mill Stream, Southern Cross Drive, O’Riordan Street and Robey Street 
  • Embankment/retaining structures – constructing new embankment and retaining structures. 
  • Ancillary work including bi-directional signalling upgrades, drainage work and protecting/relocating utilities. 
  • Customer
    Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
  • Location
    Botany, Sydney
  • Specialisation
    Design & construction

    Delivery of key rail services
  • Start
    November 2021
  • End
    April 2024
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An increase from 20 to 45 train movements a day by 2030, with one train able to move the same number of containers as 54 trucks.
The amount of container freight handled by Port Botany is predicted to significantly increase from 14.4 million tonnes in 2016 to 25.5 million tonnes in 2036, representing an increase of 77 per cent. The project will help increase the amount of freight moved by rail.
This is a local project with over 3000 people from the Sydney region being contracted to work on the project.


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