Strong interest in Inland Rail at Broadford Australia Day Festival

Nearly one hundred Broadford locals visited the Inland Rail stall at the Broadford Australia Day Festival, to chat to Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) staff and find out more about the Inland Rail project and how the project will impact the local community.

Inland Rail stakeholder engagement team at the Broadford Australia Day Festival

ARTC staff were on hand to talk through the confirmed bridge replacements for the Short Street, Hamilton Street and Marchbanks Road sites.
The community were particularly interested in:

  • maintaining access to the local bridges during construction
  • improved pedestrian access on both sides of the Hamilton and Short street replacement bridges
  • moving more freight by rail and reducing truck movements
  • timelines for the release of the designs for the bridges and potential beginning of construction, and
  • the Inland Rail sponsorship and donations program.

Members of the local SES, CFA and Victorian Police also attending the festival, took the opportunity to hear from ARTC staff on project timelines and were ensured emergency services access will continue throughout the project.

Ed Walker, ARTC Victoria and South Australia Projects General Manager said:

“The Broadford Australia Day Festival provided a great way for ARTC staff to talk to the local community about the Inland Rail project and its potential impacts and benefits.

“We have moved into the reference design phase of the Broadford projects, which is an opportunity for community input to refine the look and feel of the design and explore interface options with the surrounding area such as pedestrian access.

“It was great to hear directly from the Broadford community at the festival and feed their ideas into the design process.

“We anticipate the reference design will be available to share with community members in the first half of 2023 and are looking forward to hearing feedback before finalising designs and beginning construction in 2024.

“To ask us any questions or share your thoughts with us please call 1800 732 761 or email”