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 underway.

The seven sites are:

  • Broadford-Wandong Road bridge, Wandong
  • Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford
  • Short Street bridge, Broadford
  • Marchbanks Road bridge, Broadford
  • Hume Highway bridge, Tallarook
  • Seymour-Avenel Road bridge, Seymour
  • Hume Highway bridge, Seymour

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 early designs for these enhancement sites. We are currently looking at ways to refine our designs, including carrying out further ecological surveys, geotechnical investigations and technical studies, as well as considering the comments and feedback we have received from Council, stakeholders and the community.

What’s next?

We’ll continue to meet with landowners, our nearest neighbours and the wider community to provide design updates and gather feedback. We’ll also be completing hydrology studies, as well as air quality, utility, noise and vibration surveys in the coming months, to help refine our designs.

As we move towards a design solution for each site, we are keen to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Sites

Broadford-Wandong Rd bridge, Wandong

To provide clearance for double-stacked freight trains, our preferred 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 until we tie the new structure into the existing road alignment. While track lowering is preferred where it is feasible, it is not considered practical at this site because there is not enough space between the abutment walls of the existing bridge for double-stacked freight trains to safely pass through, in addition to the impacts on the pedestrian crossing at Wandong Station.

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.

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.

Broadford-Wandong Rd bridge, Wandong, aerial view showing current design Broadford-Wandong Rd bridge, Wandong, aerial view showing proposed design

Hamilton St bridge, Broadford

While continuing to consider other options, the preferred option involves replacing 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.

This structure will be built in stages to allow traffic to continue to flow during construction.

Track lowering is not considered practical at this site because of the lack of clearance of the current bridge and features of the site that would make construction difficult. Key features of our 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
  • potential realignment of the service road off High Street to support safer turning movements at the intersection with Hamilton Street.

We know that road safety is a key issue in this area and as part of the design development process, the road safety of all new bridges will be independently assessed by a road safety expert who will consider the need for initiatives such as rumble strips and surface treatments.

The bridge construction will allow for the road to remain open during construction.

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 St bridge, Broadford

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

Side view – Hamilton St bridge, Broadford

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

High Street view – Hamilton St 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 Street view – Hamilton St 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 St bridge, Broadford

Further investigations have revealed track lowering is possible at the Short St site. Our preferred solution now involves lowering the track under the bridge, so modifications to the bridge are not required.

The proposed work includes a rail track lowering solution where the rail is lowered by 2.4m over approximately 900m. A bypass track would be built to keep trains running through this area while the work is complete.

This design solution addresses key concerns raised by members of the community, including access and height of a new bridge.

Marchbanks Rd, 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.

Track lowering is not considered an option at this site because of the lack of space between the abutment walls or piers of the existing bridge for double-stacked freight trains to safely pass through.

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.

Seymour-Avenel Rd bridge, Seymour

We are progressing with a design to replace Seymour-Avenel Road bridge with a new bridge. Retaining walls would be used, instead of embankments, to minimise vegetation loss and any impacts on adjacent landowners.

Track lowering is not considered an option at this site because there is not enough horizontal clearance under the bridge for double-stacked freight trains.

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. We will work with the community and other stakeholders to identify travel options that will minimise traffic disruptions.

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 Highway bridge, Tallarook

We are progressing with designs to lower the track under Hume Highway 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.

Hume Highway, Seymour

We are progressing with designs to lower the track under Hume Highway in 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. Given the location of the bridge, we do not anticipate these works will have a large impact on the wider community but will continue to share information as our design progresses.

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