Benalla Ensign

Inland Rail plans released

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ARTC has released three design concepts for alteration­s to Benalla Station as part of the Inland Rail Project.

Once complete Inland Rail will see 19, up to three kilometre long, doublestac­ked freight trains pass through Benalla each day.

With the current overpass too low to accommodat­e the height of these trains a solution had to be found.

Lobby group Better Benalla Rail has been fighting for a track realignmen­t since the project was announced.

That idea is now on the table — and includes two options, one with a pedestrian overpass, the other with a pedestrian underpass.

The third option is replacing the current overpass.

ARTC Victoria and South Australia projects general manager Ed Walker said it was committed to carrying out broad community engagement.

“We have produced draft designs for two options that allow for the safe passage of double-stacked freight trains through Benalla, and we’re seeking community feedback on these designs.

“The first option we will be engaging further on is a new platform, track realignmen­t and upgrade pedestrian access at Benalla Station.

“This design includes two options for pedestrian access — an overpass or underpass.

“The second option is a bridge replacemen­t over the rail line further north of the station building, which would see the old vehicle overpass removed once the new bridge is completed.

“We are looking for your feedback because we want to ensure community views are heard and fully understood — specifical­ly around the elements of connectivi­ty, safety, functional­ity, and visual amenity of both options.

“We welcome your feedback on these designs, so please complete an online survey via our interactiv­e map or send us back the hard-copy survey you’ll receive in the mail using the post-paid envelope

provided.”

You can access the interactiv­e map at maps.inlandrail.com.au/ t2astage1

From today (Wednesday, September 22) you will be able to view these designs through drawings and 3D-modelling on the map. Alternativ­ely you can pop into ARTC’s shop at 50 Nunn St. You can also offer face-to-face feedback by booking an appointmen­t via 1800 732 761 or victoria projects@artc.com.au

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Option two: Track realignmen­t and underpass.
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Option two: Track realignmen­t and overpass.

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