When built the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor would:
- Provide essential rail capacity for passenger and freight train growth across the broader rail network.
- Increase the efficiency and reliability of the rail network by separating the majority of freight and passenger rail services on the congested area between Fassifern and Newcastle.
- Enhance urban amenity and liveability in the Newcastle region by removing most of the freight trains from within the urban area and at the Adamstown and Islington level crossings.
Transport for NSW have worked together with Biraban, Mindaribba and Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Councils, the Saretta Art & Design Project Team with Professor John Maynard and Pambalong knowledge keepers to develop an interactive Story Map outlining the Aboriginal Cultural Values within the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor footprint on country that travels across the lands of the Awabakal and Wonnarua people.
To view Yarns Parai – Stories on Country Click here
Image Credit: Saretta Fielding, Yarns Parai
What does this mean for me?
Establishing long term strategic freight corridors is essential for increasing capacity to meet future demand which will provide greater separation of freight and passenger movements on the rail network and improve the rail service reliability.
Identifying a corridor now will ensure that land is available to deliver the transport infrastructure in the future, when it is needed.
There is no need for Transport for NSW to acquire land until close to the time the transport infrastructure is required, which may be many years away. In the meantime landowners can continue to live on and use their land.
Image credit: Hunter Valley Coal Supply Chain; Coal Train; East Maitland; NR Class locomotive
Currently we are consulting with stakeholders, landowners and the community on the recommended Lower Hunter Freight corridor as part of the Draft Strategic Environmental Assessment report.
Consultation has been extended until 31 August 2021, see the Community Consultation tab at the top to provide your feedback.
Feedback will be used to confirm a suitable corridor for future transport use.