North East Victoria

As part of the Tottenham to Albury project, work will be undertaken along the existing rail corridor through North East Victoria.

There are five sites that require modifications to allow safe clearance for the double-stacked trains that will be using this line.

The five sites are:

Our work so far

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

Community and councils 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 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.
Our team has recommended a design solution for most of the sites, except in Euroa where we continue to assess two options.

Works in Glenrowan and Barnawartha North will be progressed first, starting in late 2022 / early 2023, with construction in Wangaratta starting mid 2023.

For Benalla and Euroa, we will be undertaking further design work, which we anticipate sharing with the community throughout 2022.

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.

Anderson Street bridge, Euroa

At Euroa, there is not enough clearance under the Anderson Street bridge for double-stacked freight trains.

We are looking at two options for replacing the Anderson Street bridge that we believe are feasible at this location:

  1.  An overpass, where the road goes over the railway
  2. An underpass, where the road goes under the railway

Both options would include realignment of the west track to run parallel to the east track, demolition of the V/Line platform, building a new platform to the east, and building a new Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant pedestrian crossing.

What you’ve told us so far

We recently consulted with the Euroa community to seek views on these two options proposed in Euroa. We clearly heard that visual amenity, heritage and enhancing the environmental aspects of the precinct are important and, based on this, many people expressed that they felt the underpass was the more favourable option.

The full consultation report on community views on the two options is available.

Read the consultation report

Community and Strathbogie Shire Council, as well as other stakeholder feedback, have also helped us shape our Urban Design Framework, Planning Scheme Amendment submission and Environment Report.

Through these processes we have also heard that:

  • Safe and secure passage for pedestrians and vehicles across the railway is very important.
  • Convenient and easy connectivity from both sides of town is important to the local community.
  • A functional design with easy access to the station platform with plenty of signage and parking for cars and buses and maintaining traffic flow and reducing delays is very important.
  • We’ve heard that visual amenity is very important and that the option for replacing the Anderson Street bridge should have a positive look and feel that complements its surrounding environment. This includes turning the area into a precinct that celebrates the station and surrounding historic buildings.

Read our FAQs.

Visualisations

Visualisation video

The below video showcases all features of the draft design options.

Visualisation images

What’s next?

Our engineers and design teams will continue to assess both options for Euroa, for which community feedback will be factored in alongside other considerations such as environment, safety, operations and other requirements to inform our assessment of the options.

Once we have completed our assessment of these matters, we will make a recommendation to the Victorian Government for consideration. We anticipate making this recommendation and informing the community by mid-2022 and in late 2022 we will be progressing the recommended option to the next stage of design. As we progress the designs, we are looking forward to more conversations with the community that will help us achieve the best possible project outcomes in Euroa.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2023/24.

Benalla Station Precinct, Benalla

In Benalla, there is not enough clearance under the station overpass off Mackellar Street for double stacked freight trains.

Modifying Benalla Station Precinct

After reviewing valuable feedback from our stakeholders, the proposed design includes a new platform, track realignment and upgraded pedestrian access at Benalla Station.

To reach this decision we consulted with the community and other stakeholders on two options – a bridge replacement or station modification. Through this consultation, we heard loud and clear there was overwhelming support to modify the station.

Thanks to everyone who has provided valuable community feedback via our surveys and other channels on draft designs for Benalla, which has helped us reach this point in our design phase.

Our Consultation Report from our 2021 community engagement into the options for Benalla is available here.

Read the announcement here

Where are we now?

Following valuable feedback from the community and Benalla Rural City Council, we continue to seek community and other stakeholder views on the station modification plans. You have told us that connectivity from Mackellar Street to Railway Place is important to you. To address this, we have extended the pedestrian connection right across the station precinct.

You can view our updated 3D visual model (in concept) for both the extended underpass and extended overpass options below.

We have been speaking with the community to seek feedback on the two pedestrian options and how they will use the new access structures. We extended our shopfront hours, attended the Benalla Farmers’ Market and invited community feedback by advertising in the Benalla Ensign and on radio. We encourage the community to continue to share their views during June.

What’s next?

We are working to confirm an option and share the feedback we receive about the pedestrian underpass and overpass with the community. We are continuing to progress designs and look forward to sharing the next stage of design in early 2023 as well as having more conversations with the community that will help us achieve the best possible outcome for Benalla.

We are always listening and you can continue to share your views by calling into our shopfront at 53 Carrier Street, Benalla, Wednesdays 10am-2pm or contacting us on 1800 732 761 or victoriaprojects@artc.com.au.

Construction is not anticipated to start before 2024.

Read our FAQs.

Visualisations

Visualisation video

The below video showcases all features of the draft design options.

3D Visualisations

Pedestrian underpass A

Pedestrian overpass B

Visualisation images

Beaconsfield Parade bridge, Glenrowan

In Glenrowan, there is not enough clearance under the Beaconsfield Parade bridge for double-stacked freight trains.

What you’ve told us so far

From late 2018 to early 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 Ned Kelly Heritage Precinct of lowering the track led us to look at other options.

Currently, the proposed design is a bridge replacement in a new location at Beaconsfield Parade. This option has undergone technical and heritage assessments and is considered a viable option for protecting the precinct’s heritage. We will continue to work with the community regarding this proposal. While we may not be able to deliver everything the community is asking for, we are committed to doing as much as we can to incorporate community feedback.

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, plans include:

  • removing the two Wangaratta Station footbridges and replacing them with a single pedestrian underpass
  • lowering the tracks and replacing the Green Street bridge in the same location on the same alignment.
  • 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.

What you’ve told us so far

Community feedback has helped to inform the design to allow double-stacked freight trains to pass through Wangaratta safely.

We understand the community has a strong desire to increase safety around the station precinct through improved lighting and enhanced security. 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.

Sharing our Wangaratta design

We understand the Wangaratta community is passionate about its station precinct. That’s why we shared our 3D model and visual animation with the community in March 2022. We also met with you face-to-face during our extended shopfront hours and our information sessions with subject matter experts. We’re grateful to everyone who made time to view our Wangaratta Station Precinct design and share their feedback.

What next?

We’ve listened to your feedback and appreciate your positivity. In the coming months we will share your feedback, how it will be used and next steps.

Click here to read our FAQs.

Visualisations

Visualisation video

The below video showcases all features of the draft design.

3D visualisation

Visualisation images

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 lower the track by approximately 1.4 metres at the lowest point under the bridge.

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