Wodonga Rail Bypass

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The Wodonga Rail Bypass, is a state government project in regional Victoria, Australia, to provide a new double-track railway bypass around the northern city of Wodonga. The distance of the bypass is approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi).[1] It was designed by the engineering firm Systra.[2]

Funding[edit]

In December 2000, the Howard Government had committed A$20 million (US$21m, GB£13m) for the bypass project,[3] a figure still showing in the AusLink (National Land Transport) Bill 2004.[4] In the 2006-2007 budget, the Government of Victoria set aside A$55m (US$58m, GB£36m) to fund the bypass.[5] In November 2006, the Government of Victoria came to an agreement with Pacific National to buy back the company's lease on the state's rail network, which enabled them to go ahead with the project.[6]

Cost[edit]

By January 2007, the estimated cost of the project had risen to A$125 million (US$133m, GB£81m) with work starting the bypass being delayed.[7] The project was part of a U$501 million (US$534m, GB£327m) north-east Victoria rail revitalisation project.[1]

Construction[edit]

Work finally began on the bypass in September 2008,[8] with the Premier of Victoria John Brumby and Federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese turning the first sod.[1] There were delays in October 2008, when the Dhudhuroa peoples told federal Minister for Environment Peter Garrett that the works would be likely to desecrate and deface six culturally significant sites, areas and objects.[9]

The first train crossed the bypass in July 2010.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Rail freight superhighway comes closer". Transport and Logistics News (The Intermedia Group). 30 September 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  2. ^ V Raju; Devdas Menon (2010). "Analysis of Behaviour of U-Girder Bridge Decks". Proc. of Int. Conf. on Advances in Civil Engineering (Association of Computer Electronics and Electrical Engineers (ACEEE); Association of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineers (AMAE); Association of Civil and Environmental Engineers (ACEA)): 28. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Australian House of Representatives (2008). Parliamentary debates Australia: House of Representatives, Volume 13. Commonwealth Government Printer. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Country services restored". The Age (Fairfax Media). 30 May 2006. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Di Thomas (2 November 2006). "Rail deal done". The Border Mail (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Howard Jones (11 January 2007). "Main rail line to get better passing loops". The Border Mail (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Work starts on Wodonga bypass". Stock and Land (Rural Press). 29 September 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Shannon Crane (6 October 2008). "No more rail delays: MPs". The Border Mail (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Train crosses bypass after driver 'protest'". The Border Mail (Fairfax Media). 23 July 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2011.