Mitchell Shire

As part of the Tottenham to Albury project, work will be undertaken along the existing rail corridor through Mitchell Shire.

There are seven sites that require increased height and width clearances to safely accommodate the double-stacked trains that will be using this line. Planning and approvals are now under way.

The seven sites are:

Our work so far

Over the past couple of years, our project team has met with landowners, neighbours and the wider Mitchell community to gain feedback on our concept designs. To help inform our designs, we have completed ecological and cultural heritage surveys, geotechnical investigations and technical studies, as well as considered the comments and feedback we have received from Mitchell Shire Council, stakeholders and the community.

Community and Council, as well as other stakeholder feedback, have helped us shape our Urban Design Framework, Planning Scheme Amendment submission and Environment Report. These are important milestones in the extensive planning and approvals process that we must undertake, prior to construction. For more information visit:

What’s next?

We’ll continue to meet with landowners, our nearest neighbours and the wider community to provide updates and gather feedback as we take the next steps towards delivering Inland Rail in the Mitchell Shire.

Works at Seymour-Avenel Road in Seymour will be progressed first, with construction starting in 2023.

For the other Mitchell Shire sites at Broadford, Wandong, Tallarook and Seymour Hume Freeway, we will be undertaking further design work, which we anticipate will be shared with the community in late 2022. To inform the next stages of design we will also be continuing conversations with Mitchell Shire Council and Department of Transport and will be forming a technical working group to ensure our designs meet their requirements.

As we progress the designs for each site, we are looking forward to more conversations with the community that will help us achieve the best possible project outcomes in Mitchell Shire.

Sites

Broadford-Wandong Road bridge, Wandong

To provide clearance for double-stacked freight trains, our recommended solution is to replace the Broadford-Wandong Road bridge with a newer, safer but higher bridge to the north of the existing structure.

Building a new bridge adjacent to the existing structure will minimise the impacts on traffic during construction. A new bridge will improve pedestrian access with a shared-user path on the south side of the bridge, improving town connection. The intersections of the bridge with Broadford-Wandong Road and Epping-Kilmore Road will need to be raised to tie into a newer higher bridge.

There is still work to be done to determine how a new bridge would be built, the extent and look of structures and landscaping. We’ll continue to talk with you about these things as our design progresses.

Construction at this site is scheduled to begin in 2023/24.

Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford

Our recommended solution is to replace the existing bridge with a higher bridge along the same alignment that will provide the necessary clearance for double-stacked freight trains and improve safety for motorists.

Key features of our concept design are:

  • installation of a mountable roundabout at the intersection of Hamilton Street and Ferguson Street to slow traffic coming on and off the new bridge
  • a shared user path on the south and a footpath on the north of the bridge
  • creation of a cul-de-sac at the intersection of Ferguson Street North and Hamilton Street.

There is still work to be done to determine how a new bridge would be built, the extent and look of structures and landscaping. We have heard that the community is concerned about road safety and access, particularly for emergency services during construction and we are exploring options to maintain traffic flow. We’ll continue to talk with you about these things as our design progresses.

Construction at this site is scheduled to begin in 2023/24.

Visualisations

To get a sense of what your community will look like after the project has been completed, check out our visualisations of the proposed design. Visualisations are for illustrative purposes and not to scale.

Aerial view – Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford

Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford aerial view showing current design Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford aerial view showing proposed design

Side view – Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford

Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford, Vic, side view showing current design Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford, Vic, side view showing proposed design

High St view – Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford

Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford, Vic, view from High St showing current design Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford, Vic, view from High St showing proposed design

Ferguson St view – Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford

Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford, Vic, view from Ferguson St showing current design Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford, Vic, view from Ferguson St showing proposed design

Short Street bridge, Broadford

The design solution for Short Street is still not confirmed. We are continuing to assess all options, including the preferred option of track lowering as well as a new higher bridge or a combination of these two options.

We anticipate that we will determine the design solution in mid-2022 and we will share the next stage of design in late 2022.

Construction at this site is scheduled to begin in 2023/24.

Marchbanks Road, Broadford

We are progressing with a design to replace the existing bridge with a new, higher bridge slightly to the north of the existing structure. The new bridge would be built as close as possible to the existing bridge to minimise the impact on native vegetation. Retaining walls would be installed to support the new bridge.

Building a new bridge adjacent to the existing structure will minimise traffic impacts during construction until we tie the new structure into the existing road alignment.

Construction at this site is scheduled to begin in 2023/24.

Seymour-Avenel Road bridge, Seymour

We are progressing with a bridge replacement at Seymour-Avenel Road bridge. Building a replacement bridge at the same location will reduce our impact on the environment and the community; however, it will require some road closures to support construction, which will result in some traffic disruptions. Retaining walls will be used, instead of embankments, to minimise vegetation loss and any impacts on adjacent landowners.

Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2023.

Visualisation

To get a sense of what your community will look like after the project has been completed, check out our visualisation of the proposed design. Visualisations are for illustrative purposes and not to scale.

Seymour-Avenel Rd bridge, Seymour, aerial view showing current design Seymour-Avenel Rd bridge, Seymour, aerial view showing proposed design

Hume Freeway bridge, Tallarook

We are progressing with designs to lower the track under the Hume Freeway in Tallarook to create the space needed for double-stacked freight trains to pass through safely.

We are planning to lower the track by up to two metres. Given the location of the bridge, we do not anticipate these works will have a large impact on the wider community, but we will continue to share information as our design progresses.

Construction at this site is scheduled to begin in 2023/24.

Hume Freeway, Seymour

We are progressing with designs to lower the track under the Hume Freeway at Seymour to create the space needed for the taller double-stacked freight trains to pass through safely.

We are planning to lower the track by up to two metres at the lowest point under the bridge. Lowering works will be done on the approach to the bridge to provide a gradual decline.

Construction at this site is scheduled to begin in 2023/24.

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