Currently, freight rail and passenger rail services share the rail network through Newcastle. Planning for a dedicated freight rail line will provide for the efficient movement of goods to keep our economy growing as well as allowing growth in passenger rail services. Planning for the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor will provide for future alleviation of pressure on the rail network by allowing additional freight capacity which will help reduce freight services through Newcastle. This will improve amenity for local communities, and enable both freight and passenger rail capacity to grow. A dedicated freight rail line will also encourage road freight onto rail to reduce road congestion, and reduce delays for road users at level crossings near St James Road, Adamstown and Clyde Road, Islington.
Transport for NSW is identifying a future freight rail link between Fassifern and Hexham to bypass Newcastle urban area. Planning for this vital transport link will identify a Lower Hunter Freight Corridor which will provide for a future dedicated freight rail line.