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The Australian Rail Track Corporation is investing in more than $4m worth of infrastructure renewal and annual maintenance improvement works across North East Victoria the weekend of 17-19 March, ARTC’s Group Executive Interstate, Jonathan Vandervoort said today.
Nearly 40 projects targeting everything from track resurfacing to bridge upgrades and level crossing improvements are part of the works package planned to be delivered over a 60 hour period, Mr Vandervoort said.
“Every year, we conduct targeted maintenance works during a ‘shutdown’ period – where fewer or no trains are running – this allows project works to be delivered far more safely and efficiently.”
“Planned months in advance, the works will support the reliability of our passenger customersand growing freight operations along the rail network.
“It is important we approach maintenance in a careful, staged and planned manner in thecontext of all rail operations and the needs of the entire network,” said Mr Vandervoort.
“This is particularly relevant for North East Victoria which serves valuable freight and passenger services operating across the national interstate rail freight network, from Melbourne to Albury and beyond.”
“A new freight rail customer operating out of Logic intermodal hub has already gone from three services to five services per week in under a year, demonstrating continued confidence in the rail network meeting customer needs,” Mr Vandervoort said.
“We also work closely with our passenger customers including NSW TrainLink and V/Line when approaching these shutdowns to ensure the planned works are as targeted as possible and align with their customer needs and service requirements.”
The $4 million renewal maintenance in March includes $3 million for replacement of seven bridges, which is part of the scope of works for the Federal Government’s $100 million committed to the North East Rail Line. With the scope nearing agreement, ARTC will work alongside Victorian agencies to talk with the community about the detail of the scope, with additional work likely to begin in the middle of the year.
“We would like to ask the community and motorists to be cautious around work sites in the rail corridor and level crossings as there will be additional movements of trucks in these areas leading up to, during and after the works,” Mr Vandervoort said.
“We also apologise for any disruption or inconvenience caused as a result of the work and thank thecommunity for its support and patience while these essential projects are taking place.”
Passenger service operations will be transferred to coach during the weekend to allow these essential works to take place. Please visit http://www.vline.com.au and http://www.transportnsw.info for further information.
Coaches will replace Albury trains for the entire journey to and from Melbourne from Saturday 17 March until the afternoon of Monday 19 March.
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