The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will continue to deliver major works on the $235 million North East Rail Line project amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, with three more level crossing renewals to be completed.
The ARTC will complete level crossing renewals over the 2020 Easter weekend at the following locations:
- Racecourse Rd Level Crossing at Chiltern
- Federation Way Level Crossing at Bowser (Wangaratta North)
- Bourke Rd Level Crossing at Bowser (Wangaratta North)
Australian Rail Track Corporation General Manager Major Projects, Ed Walker, said that on the upgrade so far, teams had completed 19 level crossing renewals including at West Wodonga, Wangaratta, Barnawartha and have upgraded 16 rail bridges.
“Teams have worked systematically south after major work started in Wodonga with four more level crossing renewals scheduled for April,” Mr Walker said.
“Work will start at 6pm on Sunday 12 April to improve these level crossings and we thank the community for their patience with changed traffic conditions in place and increased vehicle movements in the area.”
Key achievements of NERL to date:
- Major site office established in Wangaratta employing more than 100 people including 44 local residents, three of whom are local indigenous people
- More than 100,000 tonnes of railway ballast delivered to work sites for track ballast depth improvement, mudhole removal, bridge works and level crossing renewals
- Directly engaged ten subcontractors and 32 North East Victorian suppliers to work on the multi-million-dollar project
- Completed a major three-day maintenance shutdown employing 200 people
The North East Rail Line project remains on target for completion in 2021.