Responding to your noise and project delivery feedback

Your feedback from our latest May to June community survey indicated communities are keen to know more about how we will manage noise during the operation of Inland Rail, as well as construction timing for each section.

Community members attending an Inland Rail information session

Addressing operational train noise

We understand that some community members may have concerns about the potential future noise impacts generated by trains using Inland Rail and the effect this could have on their day-to-day lives.

Consultation with many project communities about how we’ll manage these noise impacts is already underway. While we can’t guarantee there won’t be increased noise, our design of Inland Rail aims to minimise noise levels wherever possible.

We encourage you to look out for upcoming noise information sessions on your projects and invite you to read this fact sheet that explains the process we’ll follow to address operational train noise.

Construction progress

We are now taking a staged approach to deliver Inland Rail. Construction has been prioritised between Beveridge, Victoria and Parkes, NSW for completion by 2027.

The Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 section in NSW will be completed in late 2023 and construction on the Beveridge to Albury section is well underway. On both sections, our dedicated project teams are working with their construction contractors to manage impacts on residents and businesses.

Construction on the Stockinbingal to Parkes section in NSW will start in late 2023 and we’re progressing with environmental approvals and refining designs on the Illabo to Stockinbingal and Albury to Illabo sections with a view to starting construction in 2024.

Our project teams will continue working closely with these communities to make sure we understand their concerns, action opportunities to reduce impacts and identify ways to create long-term community benefits.

For sections north of Narromine and into QLD, we are working with the Australian and state governments to gain environmental approvals, secure land and refine designs so we can provide more certainty about the cost and delivery of Inland Rail.

Check out our interactive project map to see where each of these Inland Rail sections is located across our 1,600km alignment.

An invitation to the next community survey will be landing in selected inboxes in late August. We ask that email recipients take this opportunity to provide us with your feedback by completing the survey.

You are also welcome to direct feedback or questions to us at any time by visiting one of our offices, via or calling 1800 732 761.