Mayor backs relocation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ● View all three concept drawings when you access this article online at www. benallaensign.com.au