Benalla Ensign

ARTC adds north access

- By Simon Ruppert victoriapr­

The Australian Rail Track Corporatio­n recently released updated plans for Benalla Station with a link to the north of the town.

This is another win for the consultati­on process with local lobby group Better Benalla Rail requesting access to the north as part of its Save our Station Campaign.

ARTC’s Victoria and South Australia projects general manager Ed Walker said during the last round of consultati­on the community told ARTC improved connectivi­ty to the station precinct was a priority as part of any station modificati­ons.

“To incorporat­e this feedback, we have updated our existing concept visual model to include an extended pedestrian connection across the station precinct,” Mr Walker said.

“Following previous consultati­on, we found there is clear support from Benalla locals for modificati­ons, which includes realigning a portion of track at the station.

“We were pleased to confirm the progressio­n of a realignmen­t option following consultati­on last year, where we presented concept visual models displaying a track realignmen­t, and now we’re looking to refine this option to make it better.

“ARTC remains committed to open and transparen­t consultati­on and active engagement to understand the community’s views relating to the projects we are responsibl­e for delivering.

“Not only does Inland Rail deliver a freight solution to support the country’s future, but it’s critical to keep the national economy moving, particular­ly in regional areas where it will better link businesses to national and global markets and generate new opportunit­ies.”

Better Benalla Rail chair Suzie Pearce said she looked forward to future discussion with Department of Tranport and ARTC on behalf of the Benalla community.

“A voice at the table is vital if a workable and functional Station Precinct design is to be created,” Ms Pearce said.

If you would like to share your feedback you can pop into the ARTC shopfront at 53 Carrier St. That is open on Tuesdays between 3.30pm and 7.30pm and Wednesdays 10am to 2pm. Alternativ­ely you can book an appointmen­t to meet with ARTC by phoning 1800 732 761 or by emailing

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