Albury to Illabo project update March 2022

The project team is working to finalise the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), as well as prepare for the relocation of utilities required to enable main construction works.

March 21, 2022

Survey works conducted on the Albury to Illabo project

The ARTC-Inland Rail environmental assessment procedure includes a step where we provide the EIS to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) for their review before formal submission. We do this to assure DPE that all key issues have been addressed and the documents provide enough clarity and rigour for the community, and other stakeholders, to understand the possible effects of the proposal.

The Albury to Illabo project team recently received DPE commentary on:

  • surface water and the movement of water around each enhancement site
  • traffic management during the construction period.

DPE has requested more detailed investigation on these topics to be brought forward and included in the EIS, to provide interested stakeholders increased certainty about potential effects of the reference design.

Once this work is completed, the EIS will be available for public review and comment through formal submission. Public exhibition is expected in mid-2022. Interested members of the community can register their details in advance to receive a copy of the EIS on a USB by emailing your name and postal address to Please put ‘A2I EIS USB’ in the subject heading.

Meanwhile, survey work is being undertaken during March to prepare for the relocation of utilities including gas, telecommunications, water and electricity, to enable main construction works. This surveying includes locating the utilities inside the rail corridor and just outside the rail fence. People may see workers on site opening and lifting utility pits, and undertaking some potholing near Pearson Street bridge. For more information on these works visit our website.

March 21, 2022