Botany Rail Duplication
The Port Botany Rail Duplication (including Cabramatta Loop) project comprises the duplication of the remaining single-track section of the Port Botany Rail Line and delivery of a new passing loop on the Southern Sydney Freight Line. The Project aims to provide the capacity to meet predicted growth in the containerised freight task and support rail services between Port Botany and metropolitan freight intermodal terminals.
John Holland has been awarded the contract to design and construct the Botany Rail Duplication project.
The project includes the following key features:
- Track duplication – constructing a new track predominantly within the rail corridor for a distance of about three kilometres
- Track realignment and upgrading – moving some sections of track sideways (slewing) and upgrading some sections of track to improve the alignment of both tracks and minimise impacts to adjoining land uses
- New crossovers – constructing new rail crossovers to maintain and improve access at two locations (totalling four new crossovers)
- Bridge works – constructing new bridge structures at Mill Stream, Southern Cross Drive, O’Riordan Street and Robey Street (adjacent to the existing bridges), and re-constructing the existing bridge structures at Robey Street and O’Riordan Street
- Embankment/retaining structures – construction of a new embankment and retaining structures adjacent to Qantas Drive between Robey and O’Riordan streets and a new embankment between the Mill Stream and Botany Road bridges.
Ancillary work includes bi-directional signalling upgrades, drainage work and protecting/relocating utilities.
More information about the project is available at https://artc_botanyandcabramattaprojects.icn.org.au and http://botanyduplication.com.au.
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Project at a glance
Senior Consultant | Sydney Metropolitan
The Project’s objectives are to:- Increase rail capacity to meet forecast demand for freight services;
- Accommodate port shuttle services to move more containers in and out of the port via rail;
- Reduce road congestion, heavy vehicle road safety incidents, and road maintenance expenditure;
- Reduce rail congestion between Port Botany and intermodals;
- Provide operational flexibility flowing from reduced congestion and increased capacity;
- Improve service reliability for freight rail customers through enhanced train movements and connectivity; and
- Reduce air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and noise from diversion of freight from road.
The project works will introduce a 1.65km long passing loop between existing Glenfield and Leightonfield Passing Loops. The Project works will require the design and construction of all civil, track, signalling, communications, and electrical works to commission the passing loop.