South Australia’s much-delayed electrified Gawler rail line for passengers will finally open this Sunday – the first time since it was closed in December 2020. Read more
A mini-tunnel boring machine has arrived onsite as major works continue to remove the two dangerous and congested level crossings at Union Road and Mont Albert Road in east suburban Melbourne.
New stations at the Victorian towns of Huntly and Raywood will open in mid-July – months ahead of schedule – connecting growing communities around Bendigo to train services sooner. Read more
The New South Wales Government will proceed with Parramatta Light Rail Stage Two, committing $602.4 million to start works and commence a detailed planning process to move ahead with the project in Sydney’s West. Read more
One of the most important projects in Victoria’s history is now underway, with construction starting on the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) – a jobs juggernaut that will deliver better public transport, connect communities and ease road congestion for generations to come. Read more
The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has congratulated Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on the announcement of his new Ministry and the appointment of Catherine King as Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government. Read more
Updated designs have been released and early works have commenced to build a new road bridge over the rail line at Camms Road, one of the last remaining level crossings to be removed on Melbourne’s busy Cranbourne Line. Read more
Inland Rail is studying koala populations along eight sections of the program, aiming to capture data about existing levels of gene flow and current health of the marsupials along the alignment.
The koala genetics study is a partnership between Inland Rail, Environmental Resources Management Australia (ERM) and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).
These insights will be used to inform koala management plans for each impacted Inland Rail project and enable project teams and construction contractors to develop solutions which can protect and support sustainable koala populations through the delivery of the projects.
In coming months, landowners are advised they may notice field teams of two researchers looking for sightings and evidence of koalas. The teams will be assisted by koala detection dogs from USC Detection Dogs for Conservation team who are trained to smell and detect koala scat. Alongside the dog detection surveys, researchers will undertake vegetation surveys to support a broader understanding of koala distribution, diet and habitat along the alignment.
Inland Rail Program Environment Advisor Vanessa Gorecki said the findings of the study would inform impact assessment and management and put Inland Rail in a good position to contribute to koala conservation and population recovery plans throughout the lifetime of the project.
The study will commence on properties within the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton project area.
Questions about the study and the planned site investigations can be directed to the Stakeholder Engagement Teams on 1800 732 761.
Three pedestrian rail crossing upgrades in Longreach are only one step away from completion, as part of a $5.5 million program to improve safety in the West Moreton and Central West systems of regional Queensland. Read more
The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has warned delays to key rail projects could see New South Wales lose the skills needed to deliver the state’s megaprojects as industry workers seek greater certainty in other states. Read more