Crooble Road, Crooble temporary traffic changes

On 14 July 2022, our contractor Trans4m Rail will temporarily close Crooble Road to traffic to enable level crossing works on Crooble Road, including the tamping of rail.



July 2022 - July 2022

Working hours

7am to 6pm, seven days a week


Crooble Road level crossing 915

  • Crooble
Local Government Area
  • Gwydir Shire

Work being done

Work will occur between 7am to 3pm and will be completed under traffic control.

Traffic detour

During the temporary road closure, motorists will be diverted via Gil Gil Creek Road and Croppa Moree Road (via Yamboon Lane). For public safety, road users should observe all traffic control instructions, signage and Variable Message Sign (VMS) boards during this period.

Works to be undertaken

  • Removal of ballast and mats to expose rail and sleepers for tamping
  • Rail tamping, stabilising and regulating
  • Installation of kerbing
  • Level crossing construction activities
  • Implementation of traffic control measures.

What is rail tamping?

A tamping machine or ballast tamper, informally a tamper, is a rail-mounted machine used to pack the track ballast under railway tracks and roadbed to a more durable level.

The tamping machine rides along the new track, lifting the rail and vibrating the top ballast into place. The tamper machine then sets the track into its final position. This method is repeated numerous times to ensure the rail line settles and is ready for operation.

What can I expect

  • Hi-rail vehicles (rolling stock) and a tamping machine undertaking rail works
  • Construction machinery and equipment operating onsite adjacent to live traffic along Crooble Road
  • Delivery of materials and equipment to site
  • Some of these works will be noisy and mitigation measures will be in place.

Machinery used

  • Hi-rail vehicles including a hi-rail excavator (rolling stock),
  • tamping machine and
  • trucks

will be used within the construction impact zone.

How we’re managing impacts

  • Traffic controls will be in place, where required, including VMS boards
  • Water carts will be on site to wet down areas to assist in managing dust.


Phone: 1800 732 761


Post: Inland Rail, GPO Box 14, Sydney NSW 2001

Detour map of Crooble Road, Crooble construction works