Much-needed maintenance on the Albury railway line in and around Benalla has begun.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation has started the railway maintenance work at locations between Benalla and Wodonga.
The work taking place — called track undercutting — includes the use of large, track-mounted excavators and dump trucks delivering railway ballast into the rail corridor.
The work is expected to have little impact on train operations, taking place in track windows that are available in between rail services.
Work will be delivered in the rail corridor at areas including Benalla, Winton, Wangaratta, Boralma, Springhurst, Chiltern, Barnawartha and West Wodonga.
The work was welcomed by Member for Indi Cathy McGowan.
‘‘This maintenance work by the ARTC to address mud holes under the track is long overdue and welcome,’’ Ms McGowan said.
‘‘The quality of the track and its impact on comfort and safety has been a significant issue for passengers and staff using the service.
‘‘A year ago the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, then Warren Truss, advised us that the government was committed to the best outcomes for rail services in north-east Victoria. It is good to see that the work is now happening.’’