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.

Location/s Type of work Timing Contractor What to expect
Across Albury to Illabo alignment within the rail corridor Contaminated land site walkover 1 – 5 March 2021, 7am – 5pm WSP Visual inspection
Across Albury to Illabo alignment, within the rail corridor and at discrete locations outside of the corridor Noise monitoring deployment 19 – 22 March 2021, 7am – 5pm WSP Monitors are deployed to individual locations
Across Albury to Illabo alignment, within the rail corridor and at discrete locations outside of the corridor Heritage investigations 22 March 2021, 7am – 5pm WSP Vehicle, and non-invasive equipment

Across Albury to Illabo alignment, within the rail corridor and at discrete locations outside of the corridor

Noise monitoring collection 29 March – 1 April 2021, 7am – 5pm WSP Deployed monitors are read
Across Albury to Illabo alignment within the rail corridor Groundwater monitoring 12 – 15 April 2021, 7am – 5pm WSP Vehicle movements and sampling gear, including 12v pump and tubing, computer, electronic water level meter
Across Albury to Illabo alignment, within the rail corridor and at discrete locations outside of the corridor Ecology survey 21 – 27 April 2021, 7am – 5pm WSP Vehicle, and non-invasive equipment
Across Albury to Illabo alignment within the rail corridor Groundwater monitoring 31 May – 3 June 2021, 7am – 5pm WSP Vehicle movements and sampling gear, including 12v pump and tubing, computer, electronic water level meter

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