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Turbocharging regional communities across Eastern Australia.

Inland Rail - Narrabri to North Star Rail Upgrade (Phase 1)

As part of Trans4m Rail, (a joint venture between us and SEE Civil), we are delivering a vital stage of the nation’s new Inland Rail – a 1,700km freight line that will connect Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Trans4m Rail will upgrade a critical section of existing rail to deliver greater rail capacity, efficiency and freight movement as part of the 1,700km Inland Rail corridor. 

It will deliver better and faster freight access for regional producers and manufacturers across Eastern Australia.

The $693m phase 1 contract includes: 

  • Upgrading 171km of track within the existing rail corridor 
  • Significant level crossing works including adding flashing lights and boom gates at key sites 
  • Installing seven new bridges 
  • Establishing five crossing loops to allow trains to pass 
  • Installing 220 rail culverts, 98 road culverts and additional irrigation crossings 
  • Minor changes to track alignments at Bellata and Gurley stations
  • Customer
    Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
  • Location
    Regional New South Wales
  • Specialisation
    Design & construction
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The project will provide job opportunities for the local community and extensively utilise local suppliers – helping to strengthen the State’s regional economy.
Narrabri to North Star crosses the three local government areas of Gwydir, Narrabri and Moree Plains. Due to its scale and complexity, it’s broken into two stages to enable first phase construction to begin while planning and environmental approvals are gained for the second phase. Trans4m Rail is constructing the first phase.


John Holland pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Custodiams of the land on which we work and live, and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples today.