North East Victoria
The Inland Rail team will be working in the existing rail corridor through North East Victoria as part of the Beveridge to Albury project.
There are five sites that need increased height and width clearances to allow double-stacked trains to use the line:
- Euroa Station Precinct, Euroa
- Benalla Station Precinct, Benalla
- Beaconsfield Parade Bridge, Glenrowan
- Wangaratta Station Precinct, Wangaratta
- Murray Valley Highway, Barnawartha North
Work so far
Over the past couple of years, landowners, neighbours and the wider community have given their feedback on the designs.
The designs have been informed by ecological and cultural heritage surveys, geotechnical investigations and technical studies, and shaped by the comments we’ve received from councils, stakeholders and local communities.
This feedback’s been important as we developed our Urban Design Framework, Planning Scheme Amendment submission and Environment Report. These documents are helping to guide the design progression.
For more information visit, the Status page.
We’ll continue to provide updates and meet with landowners, our nearest neighbours and the wider community to provide updates and gather feedback, as we take the next steps towards building Inland Rail.
Euroa Station Precinct, Euroa
In Euroa, we’re modifying the station precinct and replacing the Anderson Street bridge with a vehicle underpass to allow sufficient clearance for double-stacked freight trains.
- relocating the western rail track
- building a new station platform
- adding a new pedestrian underpass
We’ve worked with community, stakeholders and technical specialists to develop, review and determine the best solution for Euroa.
In 2021 we considered two options for replacing the Anderson Street bridge: a road overpass, where the road goes over the rail line and a road underpass where the road goes under the rail line.
The Euroa community told us safety, connectivity, visual amenity and improving the look and feel of the station precinct was important, and based on this, the underpass was the community’s preferred option.
To learn more about community views on the two options shared in 2021, read the full consultation report.
In early 2023 we shared the latest information on the road underpass option. This option is the more complex solution, as it requires additional flood mitigations and road safety measures be incorporated into the design. To better understand this, we undertook additional technical investigations.
The hydrological modelling we shared showed the outcome of different sized floods on the proposed underpass and the impact this has on road safety and emergency management. We heard from the community that they understood the information shared about the required flood and safety mitigations and their preferred solution was unchanged.
Based on this feedback we’ve progressed the Euroa design to include:
- relocating the rail track to open up the station forecourt to Railway Street
- building a new station platform and pedestrian underpass with lifts, ramps and stairs
- adding paths to better connect the station, town centre and nearby open spaces
- providing car parking on both sides of the station
- removing Anderson Street bridge and progressing the community’s preferred option of a road underpass.
In late 2023, we shared a 3D visualisation of the Reference Design with community and stakeholders, answered your questions and listened to your feedback.
Euroa Goods Shed
As we progressed the Reference Design in Euroa, we became aware the Goods Shed needs to be removed to enable these modifications. An independent assessment has detailed the severe dilapidated condition of the shed and its risk to public safety. We’re seeking feedback on options to repurpose components of the Goods Shed and ways to acknowledge its history.
We’ll continue to progress designs for Euroa Station Precinct and Anderson Street, incorporating your feedback were possible.
Our next steps are to appoint a contractor in 2024, finalise detailed design and start construction from 2025.
Euroa Station Precinct visualisation
Benalla Station Precinct, Benalla
In Benalla, there is not enough clearance under the station overpass off Mackellar Street for double-stacked freight trains.
To increase clearance in Benalla, we are:
- relocating the track on the south side of the station (Mackellar Street side) to the north side (Railway Place side) of the station, and
- removing the existing Benalla Station Approach Road overpass.
Plans include building a new platform to access the new track and upgrading pedestrian access to improve connectivity across the station precinct.
Since 2019 we’ve worked with community, stakeholders and technical specialist to develop, review and determine the best solution for Benalla.
We considered two options:
- replacing the bridge
- realigning the track as part of a station modification
In 2021, we sought feedback from the Benalla community on the two options. We heard overwhelming support to modify the station. To learn more about community views on the two options, read the full consultation report.
In 2022, we shared designs for a pedestrian underpass and overpass extending access across the station precinct. During this time, we clearly heard the underpass was the community’s preferred option and incorporated this feedback into the latest design.
Sharing the latest Benalla design
The design also informed the Benalla Concept Plan, which is required to be approved by the Minister for Planning as part of the Inland Rail project approvals.
The Concept Report and Plan was on public exhibition between 31 July and 28 August, during which time written submissions were accepted.
A summary of submissions received, key themes and ARTC’s response will be provided to the Minister for Planning as part of the formal request for approval of the Benalla Concept Plan.
Benalla Signal Hut
As Reference Design progressed for Inland Rail in Benalla, it became evident that the Signal Hut needed to be removed because it conflicts with future rail and pedestrian infrastructure due to clearance and sight distance issues.
ARTC commissioned an independent structural engineering assessment of the Signal Hut to understand the condition of the building and its potential for repurposing some elements.
The report details the severe dilapidated condition of the structure, the risk to public safety and need for its removal. It concludes that due to the severity of dilapidation only items of significance may be salvageable.
We understand the value of the Signal Hut to the community, and we will continue to engage with them to consider the potential for repurposing some elements.
How we’ve listened
Thanks to community feedback, we are:
- Creating an open and connected public space by removing the existing road bridge from Mackellar Street
- Realigning the rail track from the south of the station to the north of the station and building a new platform
- Building a new, significantly shorter pedestrian underpass with lifts, ramps and stairs
- Improving safety and accessibility with a new car park, bus stop and additional parking spaces
- Installing a network of pathways to provide better pedestrian access
- Integrating sustainable elements within the design
- Leaving the historic station building untouched
- Incorporating a streetscape sympathetic to the heritage features of Benalla.
All works must comply with current safety standards including AustRoad, Department Transport and Planning and the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA), A second platform is a requirement of the Victorian Government’s Department of Transport and Planning and V/Line. It ensures ongoing operational flexibility on the line and allows for any future increase in train services.
We’ll continue to progress designs for Benalla Station Precinct, incorporating your feedback were possible.
Our next steps are to appoint a contractor, finalise detailed design and start construction from 2025.
Community members can continue to share their views on the Benalla Station Precinct by calling into our shopfront or contacting us.
Benalla Station Precinct visualisations
This visualisation showcases the key features of the latest Benalla Station Precinct design.
Beaconsfield Parade bridge, Glenrowan
In Glenrowan, there is not enough clearance under the Beaconsfield Parade bridge for double-stacked freight trains to pass safely.
To increase the clearance a new higher bridge is being built adjacent to the current Beaconsfield Parade bridge.
In 2018 and 2019 we consulted with the Glenrowan community on a design option to lower the track under the Beaconsfield Parade bridge by up to 2.3 metres.
Feedback from stakeholders, community members, heritage specialists and Heritage Victoria about the potential impacts on the community and the Heritage Precinct by lowering the track led us to determine that a new bridge is the best option.
In 2021, the local community told us heritage, safety, accessibility and connectivity were important and this feedback has helped inform the current design.
We shared a 3D visualisation of the design progress in 2022. The updated design incorporates a network of pathways to better connect key heritage sites, a shared user overpass that improves community safety and sympathetic landscaping and finishes which respect the precinct’s heritage.
Construction of the new Beaconsfield Parade bridge has started.
We estimate construction will be completed in 2024.
Glenrowan fact sheet
This document provides information on the Beveridge to Albury Glenrowan project site, including a project overview, how we have listened and what you can expect during construction.
Beaconsfield Parade Bridge visualisations
These visualisations are an indicative representation and are for illustration purposes only. They should not be considered as the final bridge and landscape design, which may be subject to change due to detailed design refinements and heritage approval conditions.
Wangaratta Station Precinct, Wangaratta
At Wangaratta, there is not enough clearance under the two station footbridges or under the Green Street bridge for double-stacked freight trains.
To increase clearance in Wangaratta, we are:
- removing the two Wangaratta Station footbridges and replacing them with a single pedestrian underpass
- relocating the existing track and platform on the eastern side of Wangaratta Station, so it sits parallel to the current track on the western side of the station
- lowering the tracks and replacing the Green Street bridge in the same location on the same alignment.
The Wangaratta community has told us that increased safety around the station precinct through improved lighting and enhanced security is important. We’ve also heard safety and accessibility concerns about the existing footbridges, making improved connectivity across the station precinct for everyone a focus of the design.
In 2022, we shared our 3D model and visual animation with the community.
Thanks to local community feedback, we are:
- installing a pedestrian underpass that will be light, bright and safe with clear lines of sight from each end
- providing improved access across the station precinct with ramps and lifts
- restoring connectivity between the station and Norton Street by removing “The Dive” and creating community spaces
- providing 22 new car parks
- incorporating a design for the broader station precinct that respects the heritage values of the area.
Green Street bridge
Works to provide sufficient clearance under Green Street bridge will start in early 2024.
To allow the safe running of double-stacked freight trains we’re lowering the rail line by 2.8 metres, realigning the tracks and replacing the existing Green Street bridge in the same location.
During construction, the Green Street bridge will be closed and there will be vehicle and pedestrian detours in place. Detours will start from 8 January, 2024 for approximately six months or until works are safely completed.
Construction in Wangaratta is underway.
We estimate construction will be completed in 2025.
Wangaratta fact sheet
This document provides information on the Inland Rail project in Wangaratta, including a project overview, how we have listened and what you can expect during construction.
Wangaratta Precinct visualisations
The below video showcases key features of the draft design.
Aerial view of the visualisation of Green Street bridge replacement.
Ground view of the visualisation of Green Street bridge replacement.
Murray Valley Highway, Barnawartha North
At Barnawartha North, there is not enough clearance under the Murray Valley Highway bridge for double-stacked freight trains.
To increase clearance, we are proposing to lowering the track by approximately 1.4 metres at the lowest point under the bridge.
Construction has started at Barnawartha North.
We estimate construction will be completed in 2024.
December 4, 2023
Boys to the Bush push new frontiers with camp trailer
Our construction partner McConnell Dowell are doing their bit for the Wangaratta community, sponsoring Boys to the Bush, a local non-for-profit organisation that helps boys become good men.
December 1, 2023
Inland Rail work to close Seymour-Avenel Road bridge
The Seymour-Avenel Road bridge over the north-east railway line north of Seymour will close in January for up to 12 months for Inland Rail construction work.