The New South Wales and Federal Governments allocated funding for a new active rail crossing at Henty in NSW, to allow for safer and more efficient access for trucks delivering to GrainCorp’s Henty West site, adjacent to the southern New South Wales town. Lycopodium was engaged by the Greater Hume Shire Council to undertake geotechnical and survey investigations of the proposed location.
The findings of these investigations were used to form the basis for the track and civil designs. Lycopodium designed a re-alignment of the Main Southern Line at the crossing location 578.220km to meet the ARTC standards and specifications proposed for the level crossing. Civil layouts for the drainage and formation were designed to meet ARTC standards and to interface to the adjacent Highway upgrade.
The crossing is designed to link the Olympic Highway, the Main thoroughfare between Wagga Wagga and Albury, to the GrainCorp site. The new crossing at Grubben Road, 800 metres north of the current unprotected crossing, will have signals and boom gates, while a 1.2-kilometre Olympic Highway realignment will enable B-triples to safely cross the Sydney-Melbourne railway line. The new alignment allows B-triples to safely wait on the Olympic Highway if a train is passing through the crossing and then travel directly to GrainCorp, meaning they will no longer have to detour through the town of Henty.