Track realignment poised to become a reality for Inland Rail in Euroa

A track realignment looks set to become a reality for the Inland Rail project at Euroa Station, following the constructive engagement process between Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and the Euroa Working Group.

Aerial view of Euroa township

The decision follows the Euroa Working Group’s ‘Creating a Civic Presence’ document being provided to ARTC, which included this major design element for the Anderson Street site as a key requirement.

During the group’s last meeting in September 2020, the requirements were discussed along with the finalised delivery strategy, which includes an Early Contract Involvement (ECI) process to refine ARTC’s designs for Euroa in 2021. 

ARTC’s Victoria Projects General Manager Ed Walker said the contractor involved in the ECI process would help ARTC confirm specifics of proposed designs for project sites.

“ARTC will bring a proponent on board to help us work through some of our more involved project sites, which will include Anderson Street in Euroa,” Mr Walker said.

“We’ll provide findings to the proponent from technical investigations and community consultation we’ve completed for Euroa, which we’re confident will support them to confirm a track realignment makes sense for this specific project site.

“We expect the ECI process will inform us of what resulting outcomes will be associated with realigning the track, such as a new station platform, a connecting underpass and ensuring an accessible train station for the community.”

“We understand there is a great sense of excitement in Euroa, however further design work won’t start until late 2021 – and we need to ensure we follow the process and get this right.”

Mr Walker said with COVID-19 restrictions potentially easing in regional Victoria, ARTC has made plans to have a regular presence in Euroa to be available for locals to have their say face-to-face. 

“We are keeping track of the current situation in Shepparton, and we are hopeful to be out in the community again soon – we’ll let locals know the details if and when they’re confirmed,” Mr Walker said.

“Having our team directly available in Euroa would provide a great opportunity for locals to drop in and provide feedback and ask questions about a range of topics relating to Inland Rail.

“A key element of our consultation will be seeking input on ‘urban design’, which will be used to guide our proposed infrastructure to ensure our planning will deliver for the community. 

The Euroa Working Group will meet again following the upcoming local government elections to start discussion on urban design.”  

Media Contact: ARTC Media line 1300 196 401

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