Construction of Inland Rail’s Parkes to Narromine section gains approval
By Clare Veness on 13 September 2018
Construction of the Parkes to Narromine section of NSW’s Inland Rail project is set to start after it was granted its planning approval and years of environmental assessment and consultation with landowners, councils and the broader community.
While two local quarries will be supplying $7 million in ballast and capping for the project, the Narromine to Parkes section requires 600 tonnes of steel from Whyalla in South Australia and 200,000 concrete sleepers from Mittagong, NSW. All in all, there will be about 3.6 million tonnes of ballast and 3.4 million tonnes of capping needed for the 1700km length of the Inland Rail.
As part of its interstate rail freight network and a newly built 5.3km long rail connection to the Broken Hill line to the west of Parkes, the 104km Inland Rail section from Parkes to Narromine will utilise most of the existing rail corridor that is already operated by the Australia Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).
The construction contractor for the Parkes to Narromine corridor is INLink – a joint venture between BMD Constructions and Fulton Hogan.
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