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Maintenance underway on ARTC’s North East Victoria track

Rail track. Photo: Shutterstock

The Australian Rail Track Corporation says it is delivering essential railway maintenance work through North East Victoria, with locations between Benalla and Wodonga being targeted.

The maintenance work taking place is track undercutting, which includes the use of large track-mounted excavators and dump trucks delivering railway ballast into the rail corridor.

The work is taking place in two large 8-day blocks of work, from 7am to 6pm, between November 9 and 16, and then again from 7am to 6pm, November 21 to 28.

Work will be delivered in the rail corridor at areas including: Benalla, Winton, Wangaratta, Boralma, Springhurst, Chiltern, Barnawartha and West Wodonga.

An ARTC spokesperson thanked the local community for their patience while the work is underway.

“We’re aiming to get this done quickly and safely but unfortunately it can be noisy and dusty work,” the spokesperson said.

“While we will minimise these impacts as much as possible, we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of the work.

“We would also like to ask motorists to take extra care and be cautious of trucks entering and exiting work sites along the rail corridor during this time.”

The spokesperson said the work was part of the ARTC’s annual maintenance program which is planned months in advance to deliver targeted maintenance work and keep rail lines safe and reliable.

“This work is delivered at no cost to the taxpayer and our operations pump millions into the community every year, supporting local jobs, businesses and communities,” the spokesperson added.