North Narrabri to Penneys Road ballast brushing

From Tuesday 8 February 2022, our contractor Trans4m Rail will undertake preliminary works between North Narrabri and Penneys Road, North Bellata in preparation the rail possession starting in April 2021.



08 February 2022 - 11 February 2022

Working hours

7am to 6pm, seven days a week


North Narrabri and Penneys Road, North Bellata

  • Narrabri North
  • Moree
  • Bellata
  • Edgeroi
Local Government Area
  • Narrabri
  • Moree Plains

Work being done

Out of hours ballast brushing will occur between 7pm and 6am during the above period and is permitted under the relevant Authority approvals. All other works will occur during normal daytime construction hours of 7am to 6pm.

Residents are urged to take care at level crossings as high rail excavators and construction vehicles will be operating.

What is ballast brushing?

Ballast brushing sweeps excess ballast from the track. This allows easier access to the rail clips in preparation for rail stripping from 1 April 2022. The works are conducted with use of a large broom attachment on the front of a high rail excavator that travels the alignment at walking speed.

What can I expect

High rail excavators with a broom box attachment travelling the alignment at walking speed

  • Changed traffic conditions will be in place at level crossings
  • Delivery of materials and equipment
  • Some of these works will be noisy (particularly at night) and mitigation measures will be in place.

Some minor traffic delays are expected. Motorists are urged to follow traffic conditions on site.

Other works during the shutdown will include:

  • Grass cutting and vegetation clearing
  • Identification of utility services and surveying
  • Preparation.

Machinery used

  • High rail excavator
  • trucks
  • loaders
  • vacuum
  • water trucks will be used within the work zone.

How we’re managing impacts

  • To mitigate associated noise, out of hours work will NOT occur in the townships of Bellata and Edgeroi
  • Traffic controls will be in place, where required
  • Water carts will be on site to wet down areas to assist in managing dust.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation while we carry out this important work.


Phone: 1800 732 761


Post: Inland Rail, GPO Box 14, Sydney NSW 2001