Community voice an important aspect for Inland Rail Project
THE Euroa community is being encouraged to continue giving their opinions on ideas for the Tottentham to Albury Inland Rail Project.
The project will see the enhancement of existing structures and increased height clearances along the rail corridor to allow for the use of double stacked freight trains of 1,800m in length to be run on the track.
Euroa residents were able to share their ideas with members of the Australian Rail Track Cooperation (ARTC) a couple of months ago, and Manager of Stakeholder Engagement at Inland Rail Victoria Lauren McKenzie said they had some great conversations with the community, which have been incredibly helpful in understanding residents thinking around the design proposal.
“We do understand there will be other members of the community who were not able to meet with us during our initial engagement who may also want to provide their feedback and there are still opportunities to do so,” Ms McKenzie said.
“We’re currently refining our engagement calendar for the next round of conversations across regional Victoria in early 2019.
“We look forward to sharing our updated thinking, influenced by your comments, and gathering additional feedback at that time.”
The investment will create a new direct freight link through eastern Australia and connect farms, mines, cities and ports to global markets.
There are 63 sites where works need to be undertaken, one being the Anderson Street Bridge in Euroa.
An ARTC spokesperson has said having investigated a number of options and consulted with the community and local councils, the preferred option is to replace the Anderson Street road bridge, with a new bridge just to the north of the current structure.
“This option will ensure road access across the rail line will not be affected during construction of the new bridge,” they said.
“We are also considering how safe pedestrian access across the new bridge and to the station precinct can be incorporated.”
The ARTC are encouraging the community to send comments to email@example.com or call them 1800 732 761.