The current configuration of Chullora Junction creates a significant operational constraint for the Sydney Freight Network. Given the forecast growth in rail freight movements as a result of significant developments (such as the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal) and population growth, the junction will become a major bottleneck in the absence of any improvements. This will negatively impact on the efficient movement of freight across the network.
If the capacity and resilience of Sydney’s rail freight network is not addressed, congestion on both the rail and road networks will substantially increase, negatively impacting on productivity and increasing delays for freight and passengers.
In order to reduce reliance on Sydney’s road network, the rail network and intermodal terminals must provide an efficient and cost competitive alternative. Removing identified bottlenecks on the network is critical to increasing the competitiveness of rail.
A future upgrade would improve current low-speed train movements at grade junctions at Chullora, and include possible duplication of the Chullora North/ Chullora West connection and a holding road between Chullora Junction and Flemington Junction. This could form part of a broader strategy to drive growth in the rail mode share on the Sydney Freight Network.
Proponent to identify initiatives and develop options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).