In­land Rail still rolling on

More talks on changes at Wan­garatta sta­tion precinct

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

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