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Inland Rail early works start in Wangaratta

McConnell Dowell will carry out preparatory works and utility investigations in and around the Wangaratta station ahead of major construction work on the Inland Rail project.

Early works will involve delivery and storage of materials and equipment and ground preparations.

Double-stacked trains will deliver freight via Inland Rail, which will cut down road congestion and carbon emissions.

Currently there is not enough clearance under the two station footbridges or the Green Street bridge for double-stacked freight trains.

To increase clearance in Wangaratta, plans include:

  • removing the two Wangaratta Station footbridges and replacing them with a single pedestrian underpass
  • lowering the tracks and replacing the Green Street bridge in the same location on the same alignment.
  • relocating the existing track and platform on the eastern side of Wangaratta Station, so it sits parallel to the current track on the western side of the station.

Residents can expect minor vegetation removal in the project area, traffic management and speed restrictions, trucks and other vehicles entering and exiting the work site from Green Street, and heavy vehicles including loaders, excavators and rollers operating on site.

Australian Rail Track Corporation Victoria and South Australia projects general manager Ed Walker said Wangaratta residents can expect to see more Inland Rail activity over the coming weeks.

“Construction activity will bring opportunities for local businesses to participate in delivering the work, but there will also be a positive flow-on effect for motels, retailers, cafes and restaurants and a range of service providers,” Walker said.

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McConnell Dowell project manager Tom Foley thanked residents for their patience and cooperation.

“Work is well underway at Glenrowan and Barnawartha North and we are looking forward to beginning construction in Wangaratta and Seymour,” Foley said.

‘We will keep local residents informed of all upcoming works and endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum.”

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