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 to provide increased clearances along the rail corridor. The enhancement works are required to accommodate double stack freight trains of 1,800m in length to be run on the track.

The alignment

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 metropolitan rail corridor from Seymour to Jacana, continues south-east on its own line to meet up with the Sunbury line at Albion.

There are 63 sites where enhancement work needs to be undertaken including:

  • track lowering to give the height needed under bridges for double stack containers
  • several potential road or pedestrian bridge modifications where the track can’t be lowered
  • signal structure modifications where parts of the current structures may infringe the area
  • track diversion at Wangaratta.

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

To date, we have undertaken preliminary field studies such as ecology and geotechnical studies to gain an understanding of the existing environmental features, technical challenges and opportunities.

We have also begun early conversations with our neighbours and communities at a number of locations where design solutions may affect amenity and connectivity.


Next steps

The T2A project is nearing completion of the Project Feasibility Stage which involves investigations and field studies and evolution of engineering design with a view to confirming a preferred solution for each of our sites by the end of 2018/early 2019.

The ongoing investigations during this phase are important in informing both design development and our conversations with communities across regional Victoria.


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 begun meeting with the neighbours and the wider community at locations in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria to discuss our early design thinking. 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 and hear from the operation of double stack freight train operations.

This early engagement includes:

  • one-on-one meetings with residents living close to enhancements sites
  • neighbourhood conversation booths to share information and hear local feedback
  • catch-ups at events hosted inside your community – such as farmers markets for example
  • opportunities to share your thoughts with us in person or via our website
  • engaging with Councils, industry and road and rail agencies to facilitate design solutions that support wider community outcomes where practicable.

This is just the beginning of our ongoing dialogue along the alignment. We will be widening our conversation over the coming months.

Keep an eye out in your letterbox, local newspaper or register with us now to keep up to date.

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 to provide increased clearances along the rail corridor. The enhancement works are required to accommodate double stack freight trains of 1,800m in length to be run on the track.

The alignment

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 metropolitan rail corridor from Seymour to Jacana, continues south-east on its own line to meet up with the Sunbury line at Albion.

There are 63 sites where enhancement work needs to be undertaken including:

  • track lowering to give the height needed under bridges for double stack containers
  • several potential road or pedestrian bridge modifications where the track can’t be lowered
  • signal structure modifications where parts of the current structures may infringe the area
  • track diversion at Wangaratta.

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

To date, we have undertaken preliminary field studies such as ecology and geotechnical studies to gain an understanding of the existing environmental features, technical challenges and opportunities.

We have also begun early conversations with our neighbours and communities at a number of locations where design solutions may affect amenity and connectivity.


Next steps

The T2A project is nearing completion of the Project Feasibility Stage which involves investigations and field studies and evolution of engineering design with a view to confirming a preferred solution for each of our sites by the end of 2018/early 2019.

The ongoing investigations during this phase are important in informing both design development and our conversations with communities across regional Victoria.


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 begun meeting with the neighbours and the wider community at locations in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria to discuss our early design thinking. 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 and hear from the operation of double stack freight train operations.

This early engagement includes:

  • one-on-one meetings with residents living close to enhancements sites
  • neighbourhood conversation booths to share information and hear local feedback
  • catch-ups at events hosted inside your community – such as farmers markets for example
  • opportunities to share your thoughts with us in person or via our website
  • engaging with Councils, industry and road and rail agencies to facilitate design solutions that support wider community outcomes where practicable.

This is just the beginning of our ongoing dialogue along the alignment. We will be widening our conversation over the coming months.

Keep an eye out in your letterbox, local newspaper or register with us now to keep up to date.

Contact us

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