Designs finalised for Stockingbal to Parkes section of Inland Rail

Artwork showing the proposed modifications to the century-old bridge over the Lachlan River at Forbes.
Artwork showing the proposed modifications to the century-old bridge over the Lachlan River at Forbes.

The reference designs for the Stockinbingal to Parkes section of the Inland Rail have been finalised, and will go on exhibition for public comment later this year.

The century-old bridge over the Lachlan River will be retained and the awning at the railway station will be modified, it was revealed at an online information session this week.

"We would like to thank the community for their ongoing involvement in the Inland Rail project," Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) Inland Rail Project Director for Albury to Parkes Melvyn Maylin.

"Feedback has been considered alongside the engineering, cost, environmental impact and feasibility and constructability of the options assessed."

The historic bridge over the Lachlan River and the Forbes railway station are two points of interest.

"Options to modify or replace the Lachlan River Bridge were considered through the reference design process," Mr Maylin said in a statement to the Advocate.

"The multicriteria analysis has determined the Lachlan River rail bridge will be modified to allow the safe passing of double-stacked trains.

"Our proposed bridge modification option minimises impacts to its heritage value, and we are committed to working with the appropriate stakeholders to manage any potential impacts."

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The other item of note in this update was from further south: the Milvale Water Tank area is to undergo minor modifications to ensure the safe passing of double stacked trains.

The tank and associated water pump dates from 1925 and represent the development of transport and steam locomotives in the area, the ARTC team explained.

In May, the Inland Rail team was in Forbes to talk about other parts of the local trackwork including the addition of a loop at Daroobalgie to allow safe passing of double-stacked trains, and the lowering of the track under the Wyndham Avenue Bridge.

"The Daroobalgie Loop is being constructed to enable the safe passing of double-stacked freight trains - the preferred design we are presenting features 2.2km of new track built to the eastern side of the existing track and three existing culverts are being upgraded," Mr Maylin said at the time.

"As part of building Daroobalgie loop ARTC will be upgrading the level crossing to an active crossing with boom gates, bells, and lights.

"The design for Wyndham Avenue Bridge will see 500m of existing rail track lowered by a maximum depth of 1.5m under the existing bridge."

The environmental approvals for the Lachlan River Bridge and the horizontal clearances will be on public display at the end of 2021.

"We encourage the community to make a formal submission at this time," Mr Maylin said.

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