Key Inland Rail route gets airing

What opportunities are there from the Narrabri-North Star rail line?

Inland Rail Narrabri to North Star project manager Benjamin Wells with landowners Janet and Peter Dampney, whose property can be seen on the board behind, in between Mr Wells and Mrs Dampney.

Possible business opportunities, the placement of rail crossings and the importance of getting in a submission before the deadline were the major topics locals wanted to know about when the Inland Rail roadshow came back to Narrabri last week.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation held a public drop-in information session at The Crossing Theatre on Tuesday afternoon about the Narrabri to North Star part of the 1700km, $10 billion project to link Melbourne and Brisbane.

It was attended by more than 30 people and a second session will be held between 9am and noon tomorrow.

Senior Inland Rail staff were at last Tuesday’s meeting to listen to any questions or comments locals might have had about the project.

The Narrabri to North Star section will make use of 185km of existing track, with 3km of new track.

Work is expected to include reconstruction of existing track, replacement of bridges and culverts, enhanced level crossings and crossing loops.