The Riverina Line runs from Goulburn in the Southern Highlands to Albury/Wodonga on the banks of the River Murray via the major regional centre of Wagga Wagga. The existing line between Goulburn and Junee is largely unsuitable for Hotrails-style upgrades, and additionally travels quite far out of its way to go via Cootamundra. Additionally, it is very difficult to achieve a high-speed alignment anywhere near Cootamundra due to the geography and existing layout of the town. South of Junee, and especially between Wagga and Albury, the existing line is highly suitable for high speeds, requiring only a few minor deviations to achieve a 3000m-radius alignment all the way.

Hot Rails has identified a route utilising a combination of the existing railway corridor, the Hume Highway corridor, and two abandoned railways (the Tumut and Tumbarumba lines) between Goulburn and Wagga Wagga. Subsequently, the existing railway is triplicated to allow concurrent slow freight and fast passenger rail services.

Alignment Design

Sector Location Length (km) Cost ($m) Cost/km ($m)
1 Goulburn West
2 Cullerin
3 Gunning
4 Yass Junction
5 Bookham
6 Jugiong
7 Coolac
8 Gundagai North
9 Goulburn South
10 Tumblong
11 Tumut River
12 Tarcutta Tunnel
13 Borambola
14 Wagga Wagga East
15 Wagga Wagga West
16 The Rock
17 Henty
18 Culcairn
19 Gerogery
20 Albury North

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