Inland Rail still rolling on
More talks on changes at Wangaratta station precinct
COMMUNITY members met with Australian Rail Track Corporation officials in Wangaratta last week to continue discussions on the early design thinking for the Wangaratta station precinct to allow for double- stacked freights trains as part of the Inland Rail project linking Brisbane to Melbourne.
The taller freight trains cannot run under the station’s existing Cusack and Docker streets pedestrian footbridges, nor the Roy Street overpass.
The ARTC is proposing to lower the track to retain the overpass, and suggested removing both footbridges to replace them with a single, central footbridge to be accessed via steps and twin- shafted elevators at either end.
The Rural City of Wangaratta Council, and other community members, have countered this with a suggestion of lowering the track and sinking a new platform to save both pedestrian bridges, which they say as an essential part in their own Wangaratta Railway Precinct plans, to enhance pedestrian connectivity between the hospital/ health precinct and CBD.
ARTC manager of stakeholder engagement in Victoria, Lauren McKenzie, said that “pedestrian, bicycle and mobility access is an important element” they are looking at.
“We’ve met and discussed this with the local accessibility and bicycle reference groups and representatives of interest groups and community facilities,” she said.
“The ARTC team welcomes additional feedback from the community generally and has also established an online engagement portal where comments can be provided around both the early design thinking and current connection options of a footbridge or underpass.
“The Community Feedback Panel is open to everyone and can be accessed online at https:// inlandrail. artc. com. au/ T2A.
“Inland Rail is also talking with members of the community around the heritage value attached to the Cusack Street footbridge ahead of further community conversations in Wangaratta early in 2019, where it will also be talking about how the stakeholder and community feedback received so far has been used to refine design planning.”
To find out more call 1800 732 761 or email inlandrail[email protected] artc. com. au.