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The Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL) officially commenced operations on 21 January 2013 and all major construction activities related to the project are complete.

With civil works complete, the project and project team is finalising its demobilisation process and as such this website will shortly be retired. With completion of works, the previous Project Line for the project has also been closed.

For enquiries relating to the project please submit in writing to enquiries@artc.com.au for consideration.

For all environmental matters relating to the project please contact ARTC’s Enviroline on: 1300 550 402 or in writing to enviroline@artc.com.au.

This website will be formally taken down on 1 November 2013.


The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has completed a program of works to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of rail freight services along the North-South Rail Corridor between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane called the Southern Sydney Freight Line. Previously, a major bottleneck in the rail freight network exist ed in southern Sydney, where freight trains were required to share existing rail lines with the Sydney metropolitan passenger services and . there was a curfew during morning and afternoon peak periods where freight services were not permitted to run. As a result, freight services could not arrive or depart Sydney at the optimum times.

To alleviate this bottleneck, the ARTC constructed the Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL), a dedicated freight line for a distance of 36 kilometres between Birrong and Macarthur in southern Sydney. The SSFL provides a third track in the rail corridor specifically for freight services, allowing passenger and freight services to operate independently.




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