Albury to Illabo project update May 2021

The first in a series of community sessions begins this week in Wagga Wagga to provide an update on enhanced reference designs for the key project sites along the Albury to Illabo alignment.

visualisation showing new Cassidy Footbridge on Albury to Illabo project

These enhanced designs reflect the outcomes of the Multi Criteria Analyses undertaken, and the stakeholder feedback we received in February when we shared the early reference design options.

The project team continues to work at meeting the technical and engineering challenges of some sites, but is also keen to meet the desires of the community, where possible, including:

  • Designing the Albury Station replacement footbridge to meet disability access needs at both ends, as requested by Albury City Council.
  • Removing the Culcairn footbridge to allow for double-stacked freight trains. Inland Rail is working with the community to gift the bridge deck.
  • The replacement Cassidy footbridge will be designed to be suitable for an active travel (bicycle) path following requests from Wagga Wagga Council.
  • The Kemp Street bridge replacement will be designed to heavy mass loading (HML) standard (providing future proofing for possible modification of the approaches by other agencies to convert this to a HML route). The bridge will include pedestrian access that will enable views of Junee Yard following requests from Junee Shire Council.

During these community sessions we will again seek feedback to help us finalise the reference designs later this year, and to inform our Environmental Impact Statement.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming sessions that will be posted on the project events page.

Field investigations and surveys are ongoing for the project on public land, in road reserves and in the rail corridor. Investigations on private property will be arranged with individual landowners.

All investigations are weather permitting and subject to change, but you can see what’s happening on the Albury to Illabo Works and Planning page.

Image: visualisation showing design of the Cassidy footbridge replacement 

Please note: Project visualisations are for illustrative purposes and not to scale. The Reference Design may change as a result of further investigations, government approvals or during detailed design.

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