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|
|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|
March 30, 2021
Albury to Illabo project updates March 2021
A series of community information sessions were held in February to provide an update on the Albury to Illabo project and share early reference designs for individual project sites in Junee, Wagga Wagga, Albury and Culcairn.
March 30, 2021
Meet the team – Kurt Uebergang
Kurt Uebergang is our design manager on Inland Rail’s three southern NSW projects.