North-east line closed for Inland Rail work

The Melbourne to Albury rail line will be closed on Monday 30 October for Inland Rail construction work.

Construction progress on the Beveridge to Albury project

Freight and passenger services will be suspended as Inland Rail carries out essential work at the Barnawartha North, Wangaratta, Glenrowan and Seymour-Avenel Rd project sites.

The Barnawartha North track lower under the Murray Valley Highway is complete and final excavation works for levee banks and drainage is scheduled.

Site establishment work will continue at Seymour-Avenel Rd ahead of major construction to replace the existing bridge commencing later in the year.

At Glenrowan construction of the new Beaconsfield Parade bridge will continue and at Wangaratta work will focus on piling for the elevator platform shafts and underpass ramps and an upgrade of the railway tracks.

Coaches will replace trains for the entire journey between Southern Cross and Albury on Monday 30 October. Passengers can contact V/Line or 1800 800 007 (VIC) for service status updates and any alternate transport arrangements.

Inland Rail is a nation building project that will transform how goods are moved around Australia. In Victoria, works will be undertaken at 12 sites to enable double-stacked freight trains to pass safely and ensure everyday products can be delivered faster and more reliably around Australia.

Ed Walker, ARTC Victoria and South Australian General Manager Projects said:

“The track work possessions allow our construction teams to complete a large volume of work in a short period of time without being interrupted by train services.

“The four Inland Rail sites are progressing well, particularly Barnawartha North which is close to completion.

“Glenrowan and Wangaratta are coming along well, and we’ve started early works at the Seymour-Avenel Road bridge site.

“We apologise for the inconvenience and thank local communities for their patience and understanding.”