Inland Rail’s new Beaconsfield Parade bridge in Glenrowan now officially open

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The 145m Beaconsfield Parade bridge in Glenrowan is officially open, allowing greater clearance for Inland Rail to run double-stacked freight trains safely underneath.

Inland Rail celebrated the opening of the new Beaconsfield Bridge on 1 March, 2024. The Hon Catherine King MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, cut the ribbon to officially open the bridge and invited the community to walk across it. 

The Minister was joined on site by Inland Rail CEO Nick Miller, Beveridge to Albury project team representatives and members of the public for a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by the first bridge walk.  

The new Beaconsfield Parade bridge is modern infrastructure that better connects Glenrowan’s key heritage sites via a network of pathways, improves vehicle and pedestrian safety and leaves a legacy respectful of the town’s unique heritage.

Bridge construction has generated hundreds of jobs for locals, and given the region a major boost, with local businesses and tradies all contributing.

Inland Rail: McConnell Dowell lifting final beams into place in Glenrowan

“I would like to thank everyone at Inland Rail, ARTC and our construction partner McConnell Dowell, who have worked tirelessly to see this latest milestone become a reality,” says Inland Rail CEO Nick Miller.

The new 145-metre bridge, which will open to local traffic from Monday, replaces the 60-year-old existing bridge and will allow greater clearance for Inland Rail to run double-stacked freight trains safely underneath. 

Our bridge design incorporates a network of pathways to better connect Glenrowan’s heritage sites, improves vehicle and pedestrian safety, and enhances landscaping and finishes to respect the precinct’s heritage.  

In total, 51 concrete beams were installed on the bridge deck and pedestrian walkway with more than 1,200 cubic metres of concrete poured during the 12-month construction period. 

Work on the site will continue over coming months, including demolition of the old bridge, landscaping and lighting installation. 

Inland Rail has spent $45.1 million with 196 local Victorian businesses and employed 662 locals on the Victorian section of the project. 

Source (1): Inland Rail 2024

Source (2): Inland Rail 2024

Image Source: Inland Rail 2024

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