Mitchell Shire

The Inland Rail team will be working in the existing rail corridor through Mitchell Shire as part of the Beveridge to Albury project.

There are seven sites that need increased height and width clearances to allow double-stacked trains to use the line:

 

Work so far

Over the past couple of years, landowners, neighbours and the wider Mitchell community have given their feedback on the concept designs.

The designs have been informed by ecological and cultural heritage surveys, geotechnical investigations and technical studies, and shaped by the comments we’ve received from Mitchell Shire Council, stakeholders and the local community.

This feedback’s been important as we developed our Urban Design Framework, Planning Scheme Amendment submission and Environment Report.

For more information, visit the Approval Documents page.

What’s next?

We’ll continue to provide updates and meet with landowners, our nearest neighbours and the wider community as we take the next steps towards building Inland Rail in the Mitchell Shire.

Construction is underway at Seymour-Avenel Road in Seymour.

We’ll continue to refine the design at the other sites at Broadford, Wandong and Hume Freeway at Tallarook and Seymour.

 

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Seymour-Avenel Road bridge, Seymour


At Seymour-Avenel Road there is not enough clearance under the bridge for double-stacked freight trains. To increase clearance a new higher bridge is being built in the same location.

Seymour Avenel Road - after image Seymour Avenel Road - before image

The design includes a 35 metre span bridge, about 3.2 metres higher than the existing structure and incorporates earth embankments sympathetic to the surrounding environment and retaining walls to reduce impact on Avenel Road.

Building a bridge in the same location reduces our impact on the environment.

Where vegetation removal is required, we are complying with the relevant Victorian and Australian Government approval conditions.

Road closures are required during construction which will result in some traffic disruption. A temporary access road will be constructed to allow continued access to Granville Drive during construction.

Keep informed

Throughout construction we will provide updates to community and stakeholders and continue meeting with our nearest neighbours to share project information.

You can talk with our team and McConnell Dowell by visiting us at our regular drop-in events.

During construction, the Seymour-Avenel Road bridge will be closed with a detour in place. Digital signage will provide the latest updates. Vehicles will be detoured via Avenel Road and High Street during this time.

What next?

Construction is underway and is expected to be completed in 2025.

Seymour-Avenel Rd bridge works detour map

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Seymour-Avenel Road, Seymour fact sheet

This document provides information on the Beveridge to Albury Seymour-Avenel Road project site, including a project overview, how we’re managing environmental impacts and what you can expect during construction.

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Broadford-Wandong Road bridge, Wandong


In Wandong there is not enough clearance under the Broadford-Wandong Road bridge for double stacked freight trains.

 

We are progressing designs to replace the bridge with a safer but higher bridge to the north of the existing structure.

Building a replacement bridge close to the existing bridge will minimise traffic impacts during construction.

A new bridge will have better pedestrian access with a shared-user path on the south side of the bridge, improving connection to town. The bridge intersections at Broadford-Wandong Road and Epping-Kilmore Road will need to be raised to tie into a newer higher bridge.

Community feedback

Over the past couple of years the project team has met with landowners, neighbours and the wider community to gain feedback on the bridge replacement. To help inform the design we have considered the comments and feedback received from Mitchell Shire Council, stakeholders and the community.

The community has told us amenity, connectivity and safety are important to them, and a new bridge should respect the look, feel and history of the town.

Based on this feedback we are:

  • incorporating a round-about at the Rail Street intersection to improve safety
  • adding a dedicated shared user path across the bridge linking to new and existing pathways to provide safer access and connectivity
  • including earth embankments sympathetic to the surrounding landscape
  • minimising the impact to the community planted pin oak trees
  • providing additional community open space connecting to Pickett Walk
  • maintaining access across the bridge during construction.

All works must comply with current safety standards including AustRoad, Department Transport and Planning and the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA).

In August and September 2023, we shared a 3D visualisation of the latest design, met with stakeholders and held drop-in sessions to answer your questions and listen to feedback.

What’s next?

We’ll continue to progress designs for Wandong, incorporating your feedback where possible.

Our next steps are to appoint a contractor, finalise detailed design and start construction from 2025.

Community members can continue to share their views by calling into our shopfront or contacting us.

 

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Wandong visualisations

This visualisation showcases the key features of the latest Broadford-Wandong Road bridge.

Visualisation of the safer, higher Broadford-Wandong Road bridge

Visualisation of the safer, higher Broadford-Wandong Road bridge

Visualisation showing the earth embankments and Rail Street roundabout

Visualisation showing the earth embankments and Rail Street roundabout

Visualisation of the dedicated shared-user path, improving safety for those crossing the bridge

Visualisation of the dedicated shared-user path, improving safety for those crossing the bridge

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Wandong fact sheet

This document provides information on the Beveridge to Albury Wandong project site, including a project overview, our work so far and what we have heard.

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Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford


We’re replacing the Hamilton Street bridge and lowering the rail tracks to provide sufficient clearance for double-stacked freight trains.

 

Community feedback

During our engagement with community and stakeholders we’ve heard connectivity and safety are important.

Based on this feedback, we are:

  • improving connectivity with a shared user path and pedestrian access
  • lowering the track to reduce the height of the new bridge
  • changing the road layout to improve traffic flow and safety
  • working to minimise disruption during construction.

The new bridge will comply with current safety standards and improve accessibility.

In March 2024, we shared a 3D visualisation of the latest design, met with stakeholders and held drop-in sessions to answer your questions and listen to feedback.

What’s next?

We’ll continue to progress designs for Broadford, incorporating your feedback where possible.

Our next steps are to appoint a contractor, finalise detailed design and start construction from 2025.

To talk to the team, you can drop by our regular weekly info sessions or attend one of our events. To find out where we’ll be, visit our events page.

 

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Hamilton Street, Broadford visualisation

This visualisation showcases the key features of the latest Hamilton Street bridge design.

 

Visualisation of Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford.

Visualisation of Hamilton Street bridge, Broadford.

Short Street bridge, Broadford


We’re replacing the Short Street bridge and lowering the rail tracks to provide sufficient clearance for double-stacked freight trains.

 

Community feedback

During our engagement with community and stakeholders we’ve heard connectivity and safety are important.

Based on this feedback we’re:

  • Improving connectivity with a shared user path and pedestrian access
  • Lowering the tracks to reduce the height of the new bridge
  • Changing the road layout to improve traffic flow and safety
  • Working to minimise disruption during construction.

The new bridge will comply with current safety standards and improve accessibility.

In March 2024, we shared a 3D visualisation of the latest design, met with stakeholders and held drop-in sessions to answer your questions and listen to feedback.

Short Street Broadford Concept Plan

The Short Street Broadford Concept Plan is on public exhibition and we’re accepting written submissions between 27 May and 24 June 2024.

Click here to view the concept plan and make a written submission.

View the plan

 

What’s next?

We’ll continue to progress designs for Broadford, incorporating your feedback where possible.

Our next steps are to appoint a contractor, finalise detailed design and start construction from 2025.

To talk to the team, you can drop by our regular weekly info sessions or attend one of our events. To find out where we’ll be, visit our events page.

 

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Short Street, Broadford visualisation

This visualisation showcases the key features of the latest Short Street bridge design.

 

Visualisation of Short Street bridge, Broadford.

Visualisation of Short Street bridge, Broadford.

Marchbanks Road bridge, Broadford


We’re replacing Marchbanks Road bridge to provide sufficient clearance for double-stacked freight trains.

 

Community feedback

During our engagement with community and stakeholders we’ve heard connectivity and safety are important.

Based on this feedback we’re:

  • Building a higher single span bridge with wider lanes
  • Adding anti-throw screens for improved safety
  • Including earth embankments sympathetic to the area
  • Working to minimise disruption during construction.

The new bridge will comply with current safety standards and improve accessibility.

In March 2024, we shared a 3D visualisation of the latest design, met with stakeholders and held drop-in sessions to answer your questions and listen to feedback.

What’s next? 

We’ll continue to progress designs for Broadford, incorporating your feedback where possible. 

Our next steps are to appoint a contractor, finalise detailed design and start construction from 2025. 

To talk to the team, you can drop by our regular weekly info sessions or attend one of our events. To find out where we’ll be, visit our events page.

 

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Marchbanks Road bridge, Broadford visualisation

This visualisation showcases the key features of the latest Marchbanks Road bridge design.

Visualisation of Marchbanks Road bridge, Broadford.

Visualisation of Marchbanks Road bridge, Broadford.

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Broadford fact sheet

This document provides information on the Beveridge to Albury Broadford project sites at Short Street, Hamilton Street and Marchbanks Roads. This fact sheet includes a project overview, our work so far and what we have heard.

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Hume Freeway sites, Tallarook and Seymour


Image of existing Hume Freeway bridge in Seymour

Existing bridge at Hume Freeway Seymour

Image of existing Hume Freeway bridge in Tallarook

Existing bridge at Hume Freeway Tallarook

 

We’re working on designs to lower the track under the Hume Freeway in two locations, Tallarook and Seymour, to create the space needed to allow double-stacked trains to use the line.

We plan to lower the track by up to two metres at the lowest point under the bridge.

Lowering works will be done on both approaches to these bridges to provide a gradual decline.

We don’t expect this work will have a large impact on the community, but we’ll continue to share information as the designs progress.

Construction is estimated to start from 2025.

 

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