Construction on the 104km section of the Inland Rail between Parkes and Narromine in central-western NSW is now ready to begin.

Final approval was granted under environmental laws on 5 September, 2018

Earlier this year contracts were awarded to construct this section of track, which will require 200,000 concrete sleepers from Mittagong in the Southern Highlands of NSW and 600 tonnes of steel.

Calvani Crushing from Forbes and Ausrock Quarries from Parkes have been awarded contracts to supply ballast and capping to be delivered in the next 12 to 18 months.

Businesses and communities in regional NSW are set to benefit from greater access to domestic and international markets, and better connections across the state and Australia’s east coast as a result of the 1700km Inland Rail project.

Thousands of jobs and investment opportunities will be created in regional NSW, including farmers getting their product from paddock to port to markets quicker and more cheaply. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the new freight link would increase regional export opportunities and ensure Australia meets the challenge of double the freight.

Inland Rail chief executive Richard Wankmuller said the planning approval is a significant milestone.

“We’re hearing from the Central West community that people are energised about the Inland Rail project and we thank them for their continued input and feedback. Ultimately we want to build the best possible rail line and ensure locals benefit as much as possible,” Mr Wankmuller said.

“We have been working closely with landowners and the community here for over two years. We are very grateful for the support, feedback and land access provided which aided throughout the design and environmental assessment process and continues to date. Community feedback has proven invaluable to the process.”

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