Sydney to Melbourne ‘Super Possession’ improves network resilience

  • ‘Super possession’ improvement works will close Sydney to Melbourne line for 60 hours
  • Passengers advised to plan their journeys with full line closure from Moss Vale, NSW to Melbourne from 6am Saturday 9 March to 6pm Monday 11 March
  • Works are part of a program to improve network resilience and reliability

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will carry out essential rail maintenance and improvement works this weekend on the main railway line between Sydney and Melbourne, and Cootamundra and Parkes.

To facilitate this ‘Super Possession,’ 800km of the railway will be closed for 60 hours from 6am Saturday 9 March to 6pm Monday 11 March.

Major works along the corridor include replacing 21km of new rail in the NSW Southern Highlands, track tamping, as well as structure repairs, turnout maintenance and mudhole removal. ARTC will also conduct routine track maintenance activities along the length of the line including signalling works, and vegetation control.

In Melbourne’s northwest suburbs, ARTC will be installing concrete sleepers and ballast as part of a 600m upgrade of the existing broad-gauge track between Albion and Jacana.

These works are part of ARTC’s commitment to improve network resilience and reduce speed restrictions.

During the track possession, Inland Rail will also undertake round-the-clock works, which will see significant construction progress achieved in Victoria. Work includes the removal of the old Seymour-Avenel Road bridge and the Beaconsfield Parade bridge at Glenrowan. In Wangaratta, 900 metres of track will be lowered, and a new western track built, and the remaining sections of the Green Street bridge removed.

Inland Rail will also undertake works on the Stockinbingal to Parkes section of track in New South Wales, preparing the line for double-stacked freight trains. This includes upgrade work at the Daroobalgie Level Crossing, trackwork at Forbes and track tamping at Bribbaree Yard.

Road coaches will replace all NSW Trainlink and V/Line services between 9-11 March. Additional service changes due to Inland Rail work may impact passengers wishing to use Wangaratta Station in Victoria through the period 7-13 March.

Customers should contact Transport for NSW (13 22 22) or V/Line (1800 800 007) to plan their journey and view alternate transport arrangements.

ARTC is reminding motorists to remain vigilant and slow down at level crossings during the shutdown, with heavy machinery operating in and around the rail line.

These works are expected to generate medium to high levels of noise at times during daylight and nighttime hours however ARTC has worked hard to minimise the disruptions that this work may cause including limiting the most impactful works to daylight hours and utilising noise-reducing equipment where possible.

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