Tottenham, Vic to Albury, NSW

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 Highway bridge, Tallarook
  • Seymour-Avenel Road bridge, Seymour
  • Hume Highway 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 currently in the reference design phase which has involved investigations, field studies and evolution of engineering design to determine a preferred solution for most of the sites. At sites we don’t have preferred reference design solutions, we will continue to work with communities and stakeholders as we progress our planning.

To date, we have undertaken preliminary field studies such as ecology, heritage (including built heritage, archaeology and Aboriginal cultural heritage), noise and vibration, air quality, planning and geotechnical studies to gain an understanding of the existing environmental features, technical challenges and opportunities.

We have also met with landowners, neighbours and communities along this section of the alignment and have received lots of feedback to assist in continued investigations into enhancement options.


Environmental assessment and approvals

We are referring stage one of the T2A project tothe 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.

We are also referring the project to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The Minister will determine whether the project requires formal assessment and approval under the EPBC Act.

The Minister for the Environment may choose to rely on specified environmental impact assessment processes of Victoria in assessing actions under the EPBC Act. This would be under the bilateral (assessment) agreement between the Commonwealth and state. If the bilateral agreement is used, the Commonwealth Minister will rely on the Victorian assessment process and make an approval decision when the Victorian assessment process is complete. Part of this referral will describe how we will aim to avoid and minimise native vegetation impacts as far as practical. We will do this by using existing access tracks and previously disturbed areas for laydown and construction activities. We’ve also updated a number of designs to minimise our footprint and avoid important environmental values identified through environmental assessments.

We will publish a notice on our website when we have submitted referrals for the project. Referrals will also be made public on the following websites:

Once we lodge our referral, we expect a decision from the Minister for Planning and the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment in the coming months.


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 Highway bridge, Tallarook
  • Seymour-Avenel Road bridge, Seymour
  • Hume Highway 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 currently in the reference design phase which has involved investigations, field studies and evolution of engineering design to determine a preferred solution for most of the sites. At sites we don’t have preferred reference design solutions, we will continue to work with communities and stakeholders as we progress our planning.

To date, we have undertaken preliminary field studies such as ecology, heritage (including built heritage, archaeology and Aboriginal cultural heritage), noise and vibration, air quality, planning and geotechnical studies to gain an understanding of the existing environmental features, technical challenges and opportunities.

We have also met with landowners, neighbours and communities along this section of the alignment and have received lots of feedback to assist in continued investigations into enhancement options.


Environmental assessment and approvals

We are referring stage one of the T2A project tothe 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.

We are also referring the project to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The Minister will determine whether the project requires formal assessment and approval under the EPBC Act.

The Minister for the Environment may choose to rely on specified environmental impact assessment processes of Victoria in assessing actions under the EPBC Act. This would be under the bilateral (assessment) agreement between the Commonwealth and state. If the bilateral agreement is used, the Commonwealth Minister will rely on the Victorian assessment process and make an approval decision when the Victorian assessment process is complete. Part of this referral will describe how we will aim to avoid and minimise native vegetation impacts as far as practical. We will do this by using existing access tracks and previously disturbed areas for laydown and construction activities. We’ve also updated a number of designs to minimise our footprint and avoid important environmental values identified through environmental assessments.

We will publish a notice on our website when we have submitted referrals for the project. Referrals will also be made public on the following websites:

Once we lodge our referral, we expect a decision from the Minister for Planning and the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment in the coming months.


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.

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