Following a year of preliminary design discussions, the Inland Rail project has been opened for community consultation.
Junee kicked off the community meetings on the morning of Thursday September 13.
Wagga will hosts it consultation on Tuesday September 25 at the Baylis Street marketplace from 9am until noon, with Albury to have had theirs a day before.
Residents who miss these sessions may also provide feedback at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 18 to 20.
The 185 kilometre stretch of rail to be constructed will extend from Albury to Illabo, that will accommodate the passage of double stacked container trains from Melbourne through to Brisbane.
The project will involve either the removal or repair of 12 key structures across the Riverina.
Whereas other bridges will be removed or raised, Wagga’s Pearson Street Bridge may have the rail underneath lowered instead.
The Mothers and Brookong footbridges will likely be removed and replaced, along with the Edmondson raod bridge.
Following the consultation process, construction is due to begin in two years’ time before a completion date is set in 2025.
“With any big infrastructure project, particularly if it involves road, rail, and pedestrian areas, there will be impact to the community,” said Helena Orel, spokesperson and the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s statewide stakeholder relations manager.
“The consultation is intended to help us minimise that impact.”