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Milestones for North East Rail Line upgrade

18 Jun, 2020

As we all navigate our new normal on many fronts, ARTC’s essential Victorian rail infrastructure projects are continuing to forge ahead.  

Inland Rail is continuing to build momentum to bolster Australian industries and the economy, with the opening of Expressions of Interest for the Victorian Tottenham to Albury (T2A) section.

The North East Rail Line upgrade, set to bring significant improvements for passenger services, has completed the first 100km of track upgrades and is on track for completion within the next 12 months. Read on to find out more.

Work powers ahead on North East Rail Line upgrade

More than 150,000 tonnes of ballast has now been dropped as the $235 million North East Rail Line upgrade continues and since major works started with main contractor John Holland earlier this year, there has been:

·         105km track tamping delivered

·         100km drainage reinstated

·         17 Level crossing renewals completed

·         6 bridge deck replacements completed

·         4 pedestrian crossings renewals completed

The works are already bringing benefits to the whole region, not just to passenger services down the track.

More than $50 million has already been injected into the economy for goods ranging from supplies, takeaway coffee, rental properties for workers, and fuel purchased from local businesses.

Additional details about regional benefits and recent works can be read in our latest project update here. 

Further work is planned for this weekend with three more level crossings to be completed near Wodonga.

Check with V/line for any travel disruptions and be sure to visit the project map for road closure details or to keep track of our progress.

Inland Rail Expression of Interest released 

The Tottenham to Albury section of Inland Rail has progressed to the next stage, with Expressions of Interest being sought to engage two companies to complete the early phase of design and construction work.

Local contractors across regional Victoria are being urged to express their interest in the works, especially those with experience delivering a program of complex road and rail infrastructure in regional locations with a combined value in excess of $200 million.

The work involves designing and rebuilding bridges, associated civil works and track lowering at 12 sites, as well as the delivery of overhead wiring and signal gantry installations.

Interested proponents can submit their bid via Tenderlink.