Maldon to Dombarton Rail Freight Link is a dedicated freight line linking Western NSW and Western Sydney directly to the Port of Port Kembla. There is a dedicated corridor and the line is partially constructed. RDA Illawarra supports the completion of the line and its use as a major freight corridor.
The following table outlines the status of various steps to commence construction of the infrastructure project.
During 2010-2011, a feasibility Study was done to inform decision making on the Maldon to Dombarton Rail Link proposal.
The NSW Government Announced a Register of Interest (ROI) to gauge private sector interest to construct, operate and maintain the Maldon to Dombarton Link.
The Federal Government contributed $25.5million to prepare detailed designs (including civil, structural, geotechnical and track works) necessary for the future construction of the rail link.
Sinclair Knigh Merz has undertaken an assessment of the environmental impacts of the proposed rail link. This work included detailed investigations of traffic and access, land use, water and air quality, and social and economic impacts.
On 13 October 2014, Transport for NSW opened a Registration of Interest (RoI) process for the Maldon to Dombarton Railway, inviting interested private sector proponents to submit their interest and details on how they propose to construct, operate and maintain the railway. Two RoIs were received by the closing date of 10 April 2015. We are now awaiting the evaluation of these ROIs to be released.
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RDA Illawarra supports infrastructure investment into road infrastructure that improves travel times connecting the Illawarra to and from Sydney. This includes M1 Princes Motorway extension from Waterfall to St Peters, the Albion Park By-pass, improvements to Mt Ousley and Bulli Pass.
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