New Southern Railway

The New Southern Railway is the first major expansion of Sydney's underground rail network since the opening of the Eastern Suburbs Railway in 1979. The last major expansion of the Sydney Metropolitan rail network was the opening of the East Hills to Glenfield line in 1987. Whilst the New Southern Railway also provides for an expansion of the rail network, the project has little else in common with these previous projects. Although the New Southern Railway is not the biggest rail infrastructure project, its many unique features make it one of the most interesting. The soft ground tunnelling technology required to build the railway in the geotechnical conditions existing along the route is a first for Australia and applies world best practice. Further, the mix of public and private sector funding participation in project makes it unique in the world. Financially the project is extremely robust and will provide a net operating surplus to State Rail, whilst facilitating expansion and growth of the network. Thus the railway is not just a major feat of railway engineering, but also forms a major turning point in the structuring, delivering, financing and operation of railway infrastructure within Australia. This paper describes some of these features and looks at the tasks facing those who have been prepared to accept the challenges in this major long-term project.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 11p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Permanent Way Institution (PWI) NSW, 1995 annual convention

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01711410
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2019 2:24PM