Benalla Ensign

Mayor backs relocation

- By Simon Ruppert

Benalla Mayor Danny Claridge has joined members of Better Rail for Benalla in backing a track relocation as part of the Inland Rail project in the Rose City.

Australian Rail Track Corporatio­n released three concepts for the proposed upgrades last week.

Those are required to allow 19 double-stacked freight trains to pass through Benalla each day — once Inland Rail is complete.

With the three options out for community consultati­on Cr Claridge urged local people to have their say on the project.

"Either go to the ARTC shop on Nunn St, or get online and comment on what option you want,“Cr Claridge said.

“There are three options. One is the big bridge, which hopefully no one will agree to, at least I don’t think many will.

“And the other two options include a second platform. The question is how to access that platform.

“One way is with a (pedestrian) overpass and lift, and the other one is the underpass, which is just ramps.

“That one looks like a much tidier and cleaner option I think. But it’s up to the community to decide which they prefer.”

Better Benalla Rail spokespers­on David Moore said formally adopting the community’s preferred option of a 1.3km track relocation as a formal plan did a lot for ARTC’s credibilit­y in the Rose City.

“What still affects its credibilit­y is that the big bridge option is still on the table,”

Mr Moore said. “But now is the time for the community to have a say. We have a link on the Better Rail for Benalla Facebook page to the ARTC’s portal for feedback.

“And we are encouragin­g as many in the community as possible to have a say on the plans.” ● You can access an interactiv­e map of the plans, which allow you to offer feedback, via maps.inlandrail.com. au/t2astage1#/ marker/30374

● Alternativ­ely you can visit ARTC’s shop at 50 Nunn St. ● You can also offer faceto-face feedback by booking an appointmen­t on

1800 732 761 or via vic toriaproje­cts@artc.com.au ● View all three concept drawings when you access this article online at www. benallaens­ign.com.au

 ?? ?? Best option: The track relocation with underpass is Mayor Danny Claridge’s preferred option for the Inland Rail in Benalla.
Best option: The track relocation with underpass is Mayor Danny Claridge’s preferred option for the Inland Rail in Benalla.

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