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Lower Hunter Freight Corridor

Current status

We are currently undertaking preliminary investigations to assess options for the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor which will enable a future dedicated freight rail line to be constructed between Fassifern and Hexham; bypassing Newcastle while improving regional and interstate links. 

Preservation of the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor is an Action in the NSW Freight and Ports Strategy, the State Infrastructure Strategy and a ‘high priority initiative’ in Infrastructure Australia’s Infrastructure Priority List


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.

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 Junction level crossings.

See a map of the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor.

Next steps

When the technical investigations are complete, Transport for NSW will consult with the community and stakeholders about the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor.