NSW Government commits to new railway crossing at Henty
Published on 01 February 2019
Today, state funding announced by Mr Greg Aplin, MP, Member for Albury of $3.1M from the NSW Government’s Regional Communities Development Fund ensures total funding for the project involving construction of a new protected railway crossing, realignment of Olympic Way, and upgrade of a local access road to the major grain handling facility.
This project, once completed, will enable B Double access directly to the GrainCorp facility at West Henty.
The announcement is very much welcomed by Greater Hume Council’s Mayor, Cr Heather Wilton.
“This Council has been working consistently since it became an issue with a near miss event occurring at the location in 2013, when a truck and passenger train almost collided at the current crossing” said Mayor Heather Wilton.
Council has worked hard to build the case based on much needed improvement to safety and strong economic merit.
“We have knocked on many doors to raise this issue. “It has been at the top of our list for infrastructure funding for over five years” added Mayor Wilton.
Council worked closely with NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), Australian Rail Track Corporation and GrainCorp to ensure the project reached a ‘shovel ready’ status to successfully seek funding.
Full design was completed by RMS, which invested $300,000 into planning for the project which involved detailed design and project estimates, road safety audits and review of environmental factors.
“The project had also been identified as a key priority in the Regional Economic Development (RED) Strategy released last year, as important infrastructure for the region.
“Today the final piece of the funding pie falls into place, with the announcement of NSW State Government funding of $3.1M. In September 2018, the Australian Government announced $3.6M for the project from the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program and Council already having earmarked $500,000 for the works.
The scope of the $7.2 project includes:
- construction of a new railway crossing
- realignment of approximately one kilometre of the Olympic Highway to the east of the existing alignment
- construction of a new intersection between Grubben Road, Orange Flat Lane and the railway crossing
- construction of a new property entrance to ‘Sunray’ (private property entrance)
- removal of vegetation
- closing the existing Williams Crossing railway crossing approximately 1km north of Henty.