The Maldon Port Kembla railway and the Wentworth deviation

In 1983, work commenced on a Maldon - Port Kembla Railway. This was in two sections being a new 35 km link from Maldon (on the Main South line) to Dombarton (located on the Unanderra Moss Vale line) and upgrading the existing 15 km line from Dombarton to Port Kembla. Significant construction work was undertaken during the 1980s on both sections, and studies were undertaken during the 1990s on completing the Maldon to Dombarton section. Following the release in 2007 of an AusLink Sydney - Wollongong corridor strategy and a House of Representatives Standing Committee report on rail freight noting capacity constraints on the existing Sydney Wollongong railway, the Australian Government commissioned in 2008 a prefeasibility study. This study was released in July 2009 with a commitment to proceed to a full feasibility study. With expansion of Port Kembla and increased demand for passenger train services on the existing South Coast railway, the paper concludes that completion of the Maldon - Dombarton link could now be regarded as a “not if, but when” investment. The paper also notes the future option of connecting a Maldon Dombarton link to a proposed 39 km rail deviation from Menangle to Aylmerton (the Wentworth route) on the Main South line.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 10p.
  • Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2009, doing more with less, 17-19 November 2009, Adelaide, South Australia

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01517006
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:03PM