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Works complete on first VIC Inland Rail project

First VIC project complete on Inland Rail

Works have wrapped on the first of 12 projects in Victoria for the Inland Rail Project.

Inland Rail, ARTC along with construction partner McConnell Dowell have completed works on the lower the rail track under the Murray Valley Highway bridge at Barnawartha North, paving the way in future for double-stacked freight trains to pass through the section safely.

Works began on the section in November last year to lower the track by approximately 1.4 metres under the highway bridge.

The bridge foundations have been reinforced, drainage installed, levee banks constructed, 6000 tonnes of rock ballast deposited, and 800 new concrete sleepers and 800 metres of rail laid.


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Inland Rail is a 1600-kilometre freight rail line that will connect Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Ed Walker, ARTC Victoria and South Australian General Manager Projects said the Inland Rail project will help to make freight safer and more sustainable.

“Inland Rail is such an important project and will be instrumental in moving freight from the road to rail,” Walker said.

“Once completed each double stacked 1.8km train will remove the equivalent of 110 B-Doubles from our cities and highways.”

For more information on the project, click here.

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