Works and planning

The Tottenham to Albury project spans from metropolitan Melbourne to the Vic/NSW border at Albury-Wodonga.

This section of track needs to be modified to provide sufficient height and width to support the safe running of double-stacked freight trains.

Work will include upgrades to existing structures and increased clearances along this 305km stretch of rail corridor.

Due to its length and complexity, this section is broken into two stages:

Stage 1:
Works to 12 sites between Beveridge and Albury, along the North East Rail Line

Stage 2:
Works south of Beveridge

Stage One: Beveridge to Albury

The first stage of the project is the enhancement of 12 sites along the North East Rail Line from Beveridge to Albury.

The existing rail corridor runs mostly along the Hume Highway, from the Murray River at Wodonga to the outskirts of Melbourne. It then shares the regional Victorian rail corridor (V/Line) from Seymour to Beveridge.

Works will need to be undertaken at 12 sites between Beveridge and Albury to provide sufficient horizontal and vertical clearance for double-stacked freight trains to safely pass.

  • 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
  • Anderson Street bridge, Euroa
  • Benalla Station Approach Road, Benalla
  • Beaconsfield Parade bridge, Glenrowan
  • Wangaratta Station Precinct, Wangaratta
  • Murray Valley Highway, Barnawartha North

To achieve the clearance needed for double-stacked freight trains, work is expected to include:

  • lowering rail track under road bridges
  • removing existing bridges and replacing with taller bridges
  • removing footbridges
  • building a pedestrian underpass
  • moving track in some places (horizontally, referred to as track slews)
  • relocating or raising railway signal gantries
  • modifying or relocating overhead power poles

North East Rail Line

Trains travelling on the Inland Rail route will share the rail corridor with V/Line’s passenger operations, the Sydney-Melbourne XPT, and suburban trains closer to Melbourne.

Works and modifications associated with Inland Rail will also affect roads and bridges managed by VicRoads.

We continue to work closely with these key stakeholders and Victorian government agencies to understand their operations and requirements.

Stage Two: Metropolitan Melbourne

Stage 2 is temporarily on hold while a study is undertaken to determine the location, configuration and timing of a new intermodal terminal in Melbourne.

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