Beveridge to Albury Tranche 1
- 5 Detailed design, early works and construction
Once a construction contract is awarded, the construction contractor conducts further environmental and technical investigations to validate and enhance the existing reference design.
Early works, such as establishing construction material…Learn more
Beveridge to Albury Tranche 2
- 2 Reference design
We carry out various environmental and technical studies and investigations. This stage is also supported by extensive community and stakeholder consultation to listen to and act on landowner feedback and…Learn more
Beveridge to Albury approvals
All Victorian and Australian Government planning, environment and heritage approvals for the Beveridge to Albury project have been finalised, paving the way to progress plans to build Inland Rail in Victoria.
Community and stakeholder input and feedback has been an important part of the approvals process.
We’ve considered and incorporated, where possible, this feedback as part of the project design including the Urban Design Framework, Planning Scheme Amendment, Environment Report and Heritage Permits.
Now that we’ve acquired these key Victorian and Australian Government approvals, we can progress to the next stage of the project delivery: construction.
Works will be delivered in two parts, referred to as ‘tranches’.
Visit our works and planning page for more information.
Construction progress on Tranche 1 sites*
Construction on the Beveridge to Albury Tranche 1 sites is progressing. We are tracking construction progress at key work sites against completion targets each quarter.
* as at September 2023
Beaconsfield Parade bridge
Murray Valley Highway
Green Street bridge
replacement (Construction starting early 2024)
Seymour-Avenel Road bridge
replacement (Construction starting early 2024)
In 2020, the Inland Rail project in Victoria was referred for assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act) 1999. The Federal Minister for Environment determined biodiversity matters for the project would require formal assessment.
The Australian and Victorian Governments agreed the assessment process would be managed under a Bilateral Agreement, through the approval of the Environment Report and associated Environmental Management Framework.
In September 2022, the Australian Government approved the Inland Rail Beveridge to Albury project under the EPBC Act 1999.
It followed the Victorian Government’s endorsement of the Environment Report and approval of the associated Environmental Management Framework.
The framework is required to ensure Inland Rail meets regulatory requirements to manage the environment within project areas across North East Victoria.
It identifies potential impacts on native vegetation, habitat and biodiversity values associated with listed threatened species and communities and sets out conditions that must be met to mitigate these impacts.
These approvals are subject to conditions being met and we will now work to comply with these conditions so that Inland Rail can be delivered in Victoria.
Hear how we considered the ecological impact of the Inland Rail project as part of the environmental approval process in Victoria.
Urban Design Framework
Following the Victorian Government’s approval of the Planning Scheme Amendment, the associated Urban Design Framework (UDF) was approved in October 2022.
This framework is a requirement of the PSA and sets out an integrated design vision for future development of urban places. It takes a holistic approach that integrates the technical needs of the project with heritage, biodiversity, transport planning and amenity aspects.
Community and stakeholder consultation of the UDF supports the shared vision that helps inform the Inland Rail project’s detailed design.
The Victorian Minister for Planning approved and Gazetted the Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) applicable to Inland Rail in Victoria in March 2022.
The amendment is a change to the relevant planning scheme of each Local Government, within the project area, to apply a project-specific planning control that will remove the need for separate planning permits, subject to conditions being met.
The planning schemes amended include:
Visit the Victorian Department of Transport and Planning website for details of the PSA.
Heritage Victoria have granted heritage permits for works that impact the Glenrowan Heritage Precinct and the Wangaratta Railway Station Complex, which are both state listed heritage places.
The Wangaratta heritage permit was approved in September 2022 and the Glenrowan heritage permit was approved in August 2022. Visit the Heritage Victoria website for more information. Both permits are subject to conditions.
We’re working hard to ensure the designs for Glenrowan and Wangaratta are mindful and sympathetic of the overall heritage value of the areas and comply with required heritage approvals and conditions.
November 20, 2023
Sharing Wandong design, here’s what we heard
During August and September we shared the Wandong Reference Design with community, listened to feedback and answered your questions.
November 6, 2023
Dirt donation provides solid foundation for 4WD training course
Almost 300 truckloads of dirt donated by Inland Rail have been used to improve the advanced four-wheel drive training course at the Wodonga TAFE campus.
October 24, 2023
McConnell Dowell stick their neck out to help a turtle
During construction of Inland Rail, we keep an eye out for creatures big and small. Our construction partner McConnell Dowell recently came across a turtle tucked between the broad-gauge tracks, while working in the rail corridor at Seymour.