Tottenham, Vic to Albury, NSW

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Tottenham to Albury (T2A) is one of 13 projects that complete Inland Rail. This section of Inland Rail is planned along 305km of existing rail corridor from metropolitan Melbourne to the Victoria-NSW border at Albury-Wodonga.

This project will see enhancements of existing structures and increased clearances along the rail corridor to provide sufficient height and width to support the safe running of double-stacked freight trains of 1,800 metres in length to be run on the track.

The first stage of the T2A project to be delivered is an enhancement to 12 sites along the North East Rail Line from Beveridge to Albury.

We have placed the second stage of the T2A project on hold temporarily while a study is undertaken to determine the location, configuration and timing of a new Intermodal terminal in Melbourne.

The terminal is being funded and delivered outside of Inland Rail and has identified various locations. The terminal is a complementary development to Inland Rail and its location will determine if our current preferred reference design solution is appropriate.

We will resume our engagement and progress our design development for this section of the project, once a decision is made on the terminal location and configuration.

Further information can be found on the Metropolitan Melbourne page.



The alignment – Stage one Beveridge to Albury, Victoria

Travelling from North to South, the existing rail corridor runs largely parallel to the Hume Highway from the Murray River at Wodonga to the outskirts of Melbourne. It then shares the Regional Victorian broad gauge rail corridor (V/Line) from Seymour to Beveridge.

There are 12 sites where enhancement work needs tobe undertaken to provide the required horizontal and vertical clearance along the alignment for double stacked freight trains to safely pass. The enhancement sites from South to North are:

  • Broadford-Wandong Road bridge, Wandong
  • Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford
  • Short Street bridge, Broadford
  • Marchbanks Road bridge, Broadford
  • Hume Freeway bridge, Tallarook
  • Seymour-Avenel Road bridge, Seymour
  • Hume Freeway bridge, Seymour
  • Anderson Street bridge, Euroa
  • Benalla Station Approach Road, Benalla
  • Beaconsfield Parade bridge, Glenrowan
  • Wangaratta Station Precinct, Wangaratta
  • Murray Valley Highway, Barnawartha North.

To achieve the clearance required, the proposed design solutions include:

  • lowering rail track under road bridges
  • removal of existing bridges and replacement with taller bridges
  • removal of footbridges
  • construction of a pedestrian underpass
  • track slews (process undertaken to move a track horizontally)
  • relocation or raising of signal gantries
  • modification or relocations of overhead power poles.

ARTC shares the rail corridor with V/Line's passenger operations, the Sydney-Melbourne XPT, and suburban trains closer to Melbourne. The modifications will also affect roads and bridges managed by VicRoads. We continue to work closely with these key stakeholders and Victorian government agencies to understand their operations and requirements.

Progress

Stage one of the T2A project is moving towards the detailed design phase and we now have preferred reference designs for the majority of sites. Work to-date has involved technical investigations and field studies that have enabled us to refine the rail corridor design and determine a preferred solution for most sites.

Environmental assessment and approvals

State Approvals

In April 2020, we referred stage one of the T2A project to the Minister for Planning under the Environment Effects Act 1978. There are three decisions the Minister can make in response to a referral:

  • an Environment Effects Statement (EES) is required; or
  • an EES is not required if conditions specified by the Minister are met; or
  • an EES is not required.

The Environmental Effects referralcan now be viewed by following this link:

https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/environment-assessment/referrals-and-decisions

We will provide an update on this referral as soon as we can.

Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation

On Wednesday, 1 July, Stage 1 of the T2A project was referred for assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for Heritage Matters of Nation Environmental Significance at Glenrowan. The Heritage EPBC referral was accepted for consideration by the Federal Minister for Environment. The referral was open for public comment until Tuesday, 14 July 2020. In August, the Minister for Environment determined the project could proceed without formal assessment and approval under the EPBC Act.

On Tuesday, 21 July, we referred the Project under the EPBC Act for Biodiversity Matters of National Environmental Significance, excluding Glenrowan and Banarwartha North enhancement sites. The Biodiversity EPBC was accepted by the Minister for Environment and was open for public comment until Wednesday, 5 August 2020. The Minister determined Biodiversity Matters of National Environmental Significance for the project would require formal assessment and approval under the EPBC Act due to the proximity and potential impact to some ecological species and communities. This assessment will ensure the T2A Project carefully manages works to further avoid and minimise impacts within EPBC Act guidelines.

Electronic copies of the referrals and the Minister’s decisions can be viewed on the Department of Agriculture Water and Environment’s website at www.environment.gov.au/epbc, alongside a range of other information about the process of assessment and decision-making under the EPBC Act.

We submitted two separate EPBC referrals, one for heritage and another one for biodiversity. This enabled us to separately progress other approvals to ensure we can deliver major construction works during upcoming annual 60-hour track possession windows.

Community consultation

We are committed to working with communities and stakeholders to get your feedback as we progress our planning. This engagement is vital to the success of Inland Rail and we welcome your participation.

We have been meeting with neighbours and the wider community at locations along the alignment as the project and designs have progressed. These conversations focus on sharing information around how the proposed enhancement works will sit in the local environment, what this may mean in terms of changes in the way you may travel in your community, and what you can expect to see during construction of the project sites, and after completion when the double-stacked freight trains are operating on the rail line.

Each local government area in Victoria is covered by a planning scheme. The operation of planning schemes in Victoria is governed by the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

We will also request that the Minister for Planning approve Planning Scheme Amendments under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Engagement has included:

  • one-on-one meetings with residents living close to enhancements sites
  • neighbourhood conversations to share information and hear local feedback
  • catch-ups at events hosted inside your community – such as farmers markets
  • opportunities to share your thoughts with us in person or via our website
  • a working group in Euroa to help determine the Anderson Street bridge reference design
  • engaging with Councils, industry and road and rail agencies to facilitate design solutions that support wider community outcomes where practicable.

Contact us

You can have your questions answered about the project by contacting us directly, or asking us a question.

Tottenham to Albury (T2A) is one of 13 projects that complete Inland Rail. This section of Inland Rail is planned along 305km of existing rail corridor from metropolitan Melbourne to the Victoria-NSW border at Albury-Wodonga.

This project will see enhancements of existing structures and increased clearances along the rail corridor to provide sufficient height and width to support the safe running of double-stacked freight trains of 1,800 metres in length to be run on the track.

The first stage of the T2A project to be delivered is an enhancement to 12 sites along the North East Rail Line from Beveridge to Albury.

We have placed the second stage of the T2A project on hold temporarily while a study is undertaken to determine the location, configuration and timing of a new Intermodal terminal in Melbourne.

The terminal is being funded and delivered outside of Inland Rail and has identified various locations. The terminal is a complementary development to Inland Rail and its location will determine if our current preferred reference design solution is appropriate.

We will resume our engagement and progress our design development for this section of the project, once a decision is made on the terminal location and configuration.

Further information can be found on the Metropolitan Melbourne page.



The alignment – Stage one Beveridge to Albury, Victoria

Travelling from North to South, the existing rail corridor runs largely parallel to the Hume Highway from the Murray River at Wodonga to the outskirts of Melbourne. It then shares the Regional Victorian broad gauge rail corridor (V/Line) from Seymour to Beveridge.

There are 12 sites where enhancement work needs tobe undertaken to provide the required horizontal and vertical clearance along the alignment for double stacked freight trains to safely pass. The enhancement sites from South to North are:

  • Broadford-Wandong Road bridge, Wandong
  • Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford
  • Short Street bridge, Broadford
  • Marchbanks Road bridge, Broadford
  • Hume Freeway bridge, Tallarook
  • Seymour-Avenel Road bridge, Seymour
  • Hume Freeway bridge, Seymour
  • Anderson Street bridge, Euroa
  • Benalla Station Approach Road, Benalla
  • Beaconsfield Parade bridge, Glenrowan
  • Wangaratta Station Precinct, Wangaratta
  • Murray Valley Highway, Barnawartha North.

To achieve the clearance required, the proposed design solutions include:

  • lowering rail track under road bridges
  • removal of existing bridges and replacement with taller bridges
  • removal of footbridges
  • construction of a pedestrian underpass
  • track slews (process undertaken to move a track horizontally)
  • relocation or raising of signal gantries
  • modification or relocations of overhead power poles.

ARTC shares the rail corridor with V/Line's passenger operations, the Sydney-Melbourne XPT, and suburban trains closer to Melbourne. The modifications will also affect roads and bridges managed by VicRoads. We continue to work closely with these key stakeholders and Victorian government agencies to understand their operations and requirements.

Progress

Stage one of the T2A project is moving towards the detailed design phase and we now have preferred reference designs for the majority of sites. Work to-date has involved technical investigations and field studies that have enabled us to refine the rail corridor design and determine a preferred solution for most sites.

Environmental assessment and approvals

State Approvals

In April 2020, we referred stage one of the T2A project to the Minister for Planning under the Environment Effects Act 1978. There are three decisions the Minister can make in response to a referral:

  • an Environment Effects Statement (EES) is required; or
  • an EES is not required if conditions specified by the Minister are met; or
  • an EES is not required.

The Environmental Effects referralcan now be viewed by following this link:

https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/environment-assessment/referrals-and-decisions

We will provide an update on this referral as soon as we can.

Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation

On Wednesday, 1 July, Stage 1 of the T2A project was referred for assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for Heritage Matters of Nation Environmental Significance at Glenrowan. The Heritage EPBC referral was accepted for consideration by the Federal Minister for Environment. The referral was open for public comment until Tuesday, 14 July 2020. In August, the Minister for Environment determined the project could proceed without formal assessment and approval under the EPBC Act.

On Tuesday, 21 July, we referred the Project under the EPBC Act for Biodiversity Matters of National Environmental Significance, excluding Glenrowan and Banarwartha North enhancement sites. The Biodiversity EPBC was accepted by the Minister for Environment and was open for public comment until Wednesday, 5 August 2020. The Minister determined Biodiversity Matters of National Environmental Significance for the project would require formal assessment and approval under the EPBC Act due to the proximity and potential impact to some ecological species and communities. This assessment will ensure the T2A Project carefully manages works to further avoid and minimise impacts within EPBC Act guidelines.

Electronic copies of the referrals and the Minister’s decisions can be viewed on the Department of Agriculture Water and Environment’s website at www.environment.gov.au/epbc, alongside a range of other information about the process of assessment and decision-making under the EPBC Act.

We submitted two separate EPBC referrals, one for heritage and another one for biodiversity. This enabled us to separately progress other approvals to ensure we can deliver major construction works during upcoming annual 60-hour track possession windows.

Community consultation

We are committed to working with communities and stakeholders to get your feedback as we progress our planning. This engagement is vital to the success of Inland Rail and we welcome your participation.

We have been meeting with neighbours and the wider community at locations along the alignment as the project and designs have progressed. These conversations focus on sharing information around how the proposed enhancement works will sit in the local environment, what this may mean in terms of changes in the way you may travel in your community, and what you can expect to see during construction of the project sites, and after completion when the double-stacked freight trains are operating on the rail line.

Each local government area in Victoria is covered by a planning scheme. The operation of planning schemes in Victoria is governed by the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

We will also request that the Minister for Planning approve Planning Scheme Amendments under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Engagement has included:

  • one-on-one meetings with residents living close to enhancements sites
  • neighbourhood conversations to share information and hear local feedback
  • catch-ups at events hosted inside your community – such as farmers markets
  • opportunities to share your thoughts with us in person or via our website
  • a working group in Euroa to help determine the Anderson Street bridge reference design
  • engaging with Councils, industry and road and rail agencies to facilitate design solutions that support wider community outcomes where practicable.

Contact us

You can have your questions answered about the project by contacting us directly, or asking us a question.

  • Signal surveys completed from Wallan to Seymour

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    18 September, 2020

    The Tottenham to Albury project team secured a nice early works win recently, checking all signal clearances along the alignment from Wallan to Seymour as part of ARTC’s 60-hour rail occupation this month.

    Two crews of surveyors, armed with GPS devices and hand tools and working under the watchful eyes of Track Protection Coordinators, completed these important works in two days. The teams determined which signals may need to be relocated or changed to allow future double-stacked freight trains to pass by.

    Survey coordinator, Project Engineer Tanishq Sarkar praised crews for completing the work to a high standard while abiding...

    The Tottenham to Albury project team secured a nice early works win recently, checking all signal clearances along the alignment from Wallan to Seymour as part of ARTC’s 60-hour rail occupation this month.

    Two crews of surveyors, armed with GPS devices and hand tools and working under the watchful eyes of Track Protection Coordinators, completed these important works in two days. The teams determined which signals may need to be relocated or changed to allow future double-stacked freight trains to pass by.

    Survey coordinator, Project Engineer Tanishq Sarkar praised crews for completing the work to a high standard while abiding by strict COVID-19 safety measures.

    “All precautions against COVID-19 were taken on site, with crews observing 1.5m distancing, wearing face masks and Personal Protective Equipment while electronic sign-in was completed for all workers,” Tanishq said.

    “We’ve now captured all the clearance data needed to continue planning for construction, as part of the Tottenham to Albury project.”

    Construction of the Tottenham to Albury first tranche of works is due to start in 2021.

  • ARTC gets green light to progress Inland Rail project in Glenrowan without further EPBC heritage assessment

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    27 August, 2020

    The Inland Rail Tottenham to Albury (T2A) project in Glenrowan in July 2020 received support from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to move forward without further assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

    After the Minister for Environment’s office considered the referral ARTC submitted for assessment under the EPBC Act and public comments received during the 10-day public comment period, they were comfortable that the project will not have a significant impact on ‘a matter of national environmental significance’, which in this case was the National Heritage List Glenrowan Heritage Precinct.

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    The Inland Rail Tottenham to Albury (T2A) project in Glenrowan in July 2020 received support from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to move forward without further assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

    After the Minister for Environment’s office considered the referral ARTC submitted for assessment under the EPBC Act and public comments received during the 10-day public comment period, they were comfortable that the project will not have a significant impact on ‘a matter of national environmental significance’, which in this case was the National Heritage List Glenrowan Heritage Precinct.

    T2A’s Environment Manager Marisa Feher welcomed the news, saying the outcome demonstrated that months of research, investigation work and reporting to develop the referral had paid off.

    “Our team has worked very hard to ensure we’d done everything we could to exceed expectations of the Minister regarding requirements of the EPBC Act for Heritage in Glenrowan,” Marisa said.

    “The Minister’s support for us to move forward without further Commonwealth assessment shows we’re on the right track to deliver Inland Rail in Glenrowan to a high standard in relation to heritage considerations.”

    T2A is now waiting for feedback on the referral for EPBC Biodiversity Matters of National Environmental Significance, excluding Glenrowan, which also invited community feedback in August 2020.

  • Tottenham to Albury project launches new ways to engage

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    20 July, 2020

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the project needed to find new ways of interacting with communities across the North East. So, we have launched several digital tools for you to find out the latest information about each project site while getting in touch with us in a range of ways.

    The interactive map on our website has information points and visuals about each of the 12 project sites along the North East Rail Line. You can see where each project site is located, access the latest project updates, view visualisations of proposed designs, and interact with our team in Victoria quickly...

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the project needed to find new ways of interacting with communities across the North East. So, we have launched several digital tools for you to find out the latest information about each project site while getting in touch with us in a range of ways.

    The interactive map on our website has information points and visuals about each of the 12 project sites along the North East Rail Line. You can see where each project site is located, access the latest project updates, view visualisations of proposed designs, and interact with our team in Victoria quickly and easily through the comment function. View the map here.

    Got a question as you look through the webpage? Click on the Q&A button at the bottom of the page to submit your query and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

    Read all about it! Check out the latest news on each project area where we’ll publish updates on Inland Rail initiatives and project milestones.

    We’ve also added a suite of frequently asked questions (FAQs).

    Over the coming weeks, you’ll see a new-look website launched across all Inland Rail projects. Alongside this, we’re adding even more digital tools including video conferencing, visualisations and surveys.

    Of course, we’re still available over the phone 1800 732 761 and via email victoriaprojects@artc.com.au as well.

    See here for more information about how the Inland Rail project is responding to COVID-19.