Works and planning

The existing Albury to Illabo track requires upgrading to allow the safe running of double-stacked freight trains. To achieve this, work could include lowering or shifting the track or raising, widening, replacing or removing bridges.

To ensure safety and a wider passage for double-stacked container trains, some signalling structures, power poles and other infrastructure will need to be moved further away from the track. We will also need to remove rundown and out-of-use structures in the clearance zone.

To find the best solution, we have been investigating the local environment and considering all possible alternatives; studying road traffic movements, the usability of existing rail structures, and how works may affect local communities and existing track users. In the past year, we have undertaken preliminary studies and spent time speaking with communities and landowners along the rail corridor.

Some of the work we have completed so far includes:

  • undertaking preliminary field studies such as ecology, geotechnical and heritage studies to gain an understanding of the existing environmental features, technical challenges and opportunities
  • conducting an engineering desktop study to gain an understanding of issues and opportunities within the project area
  • meeting with landowners and other stakeholders to gain a better understanding of local opportunities, impacts and conditions
  • working with councils, industry and the community to better understand the local environment.

Current and upcoming field investigations

To help determine the best possible alignment for Inland Rail we conduct field investigations and technical studies. As we progress the reference design of the Albury to Illabo project you will see surveyors, investigators and engineers working along the alignment as part of these studies.

Illabo to Junee Geotechnical investigations 8-11 June WSP Vehicle and machinery movements; drilling rigs, excavators, support vehicles. Potential noise and dust.
Albury Yard & Riverina Hwy Signalling site-walk 15 June, Noon-5pm WSP Visual inspection of signalling assets within the rail corridor. Non-intrusive works.
Tabletop Yard Signalling site-walk 16 June, 7:30am-10am WSP Visual inspection of signalling assets within the rail corridor. Non-intrusive works.
Culcairn Yard Signalling site-walk 16 June, 10:30am-11:30am WSP Visual inspection of signalling assets within the rail corridor. Non-intrusive works.
Henty Yard Signalling site-walk 16 June, Noon-3pm WSP Visual inspection of signalling assets within the rail corridor. Non-intrusive works.
Yerong Creek Signalling site-walk 16 June, 3:30pm-4:30pm WSP Visual inspection of signalling assets within the rail corridor. Non-intrusive works.
Uranquity Signalling site-walk 17 June, 7:30am-8:30am WSP Visual inspection of signalling assets within the rail corridor. Non-intrusive works.
Wagga Wagga/Pearson Street/Edmondson Street Signalling site-walk 17 June, 8:45am-Noon WSP Visual inspection of signalling assets within the rail corridor. Non-intrusive works.
Bomen Signalling site-walk 17 June, 1pm-3:30pm WSP Visual inspection of signalling assets within the rail corridor. Non-intrusive works.
Harefiled Yard Signalling site-walk 17 June, 3:45pm-4:45pm WSP Visual inspection of signalling assets within the rail corridor. Non-intrusive works.
Kemp Street/Junee/Olympic Highway bridge Signalling site-walk 18 June, 7:30am-10:30am WSP Visual inspection of signalling assets within the rail corridor. Non-intrusive works.
Junee to Illabo Signalling site-walk 18 June, 10:45am-3pm WSP Visual inspection of signalling assets within the rail corridor. Non-intrusive works.

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