Inland Rail - Tottenham to Albury
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The circa $10 billion Inland Rail project would see the creation of a 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight rail line along Australia's east-coast - bypassing the congested Sydney network and the circuitous north coast line via Australia’s four richest farming regions in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
The Tottenham to Albury (T2A) section is the only section traversing Victoria and comprises the upgrade of existing structures along 305 kilometres of existing rail corridor - the North East Rail Line (NERL) - between Melbourne and the Victoria - NSW border at Albury to enable the double-stacked freight trains.
24 sites have been identified for upgrades, which would include:
- track lowering
- road or pedestrian bridge modifications
- signal structure modifications, and
- track diversion at Wangaratta.
T2A is being developed with consideration of the separate $235 million North East Line Upgrade being undertaken by ARTC through the Victorian Government's Regional Rail Revival program.
ARTC shares the T2A rail corridor with V/Line passenger train operations, the Sydney-Melbourne XPT and suburban Melbourne trains.
In March 2018, the Victorian and Federal governments signed a bilateral agreement for the project, which includes commitments to negotiate a new long term lease with ARTC, and for the Victorian Government to accommodate any changes to the NERL required for Inland Rail.
In June 2020, ARTC opened Expressions of Interest for two contractors to undertake early phase work. With EOIs closing on 13 July 2020, this procurement entails the designing and rebuilding of bridges, associated civil works, track lowering at 12 sites, delivery of overhead wiring, and installations of signal gantries and track slews along the existing North East Rail line.
The project is currently at the feasibility stage, which involves engineering design work, environmental investigations and community consultations. ARTC expects project approval between mid-2019 and mid-2020, with construction to occur between 2020 and 2025.
Last reviewed: 12/06/2020