Com­mu­nity voice an im­por­tant as­pect for In­land Rail Project

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS - By GRACE EVANS

THE Euroa com­mu­nity is be­ing en­cour­aged to con­tinue giv­ing their opin­ions on ideas for the Tot­ten­tham to Al­bury In­land Rail Project.

The project will see the en­hance­ment of ex­ist­ing struc­tures and in­creased height clear­ances along the rail cor­ri­dor to al­low for the use of dou­ble stacked freight trains of 1,800m in length to be run on the track.

Euroa res­i­dents were able to share their ideas with mem­bers of the Aus­tralian Rail Track Co­op­er­a­tion (ARTC) a cou­ple of months ago, and Man­ager of Stake­holder En­gage­ment at In­land Rail Vic­to­ria Lau­ren McKen­zie said they had some great con­ver­sa­tions with the com­mu­nity, which have been in­cred­i­bly help­ful in un­der­stand­ing res­i­dents think­ing around the de­sign pro­posal.

“We do un­der­stand there will be other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who were not able to meet with us dur­ing our ini­tial en­gage­ment who may also want to pro­vide their feed­back and there are still op­por­tu­ni­ties to do so,” Ms McKen­zie said.

“We’re cur­rently re­fin­ing our en­gage­ment cal­en­dar for the next round of con­ver­sa­tions across re­gional Vic­to­ria in early 2019.

“We look for­ward to shar­ing our up­dated think­ing, in­flu­enced by your com­ments, and gath­er­ing ad­di­tional feed­back at that time.”

The in­vest­ment will cre­ate a new di­rect freight link through east­ern Aus­tralia and con­nect farms, mines, cities and ports to global mar­kets.

There are 63 sites where works need to be un­der­taken, one be­ing the An­der­son Street Bridge in Euroa.

An ARTC spokesper­son has said hav­ing in­ves­ti­gated a num­ber of op­tions and con­sulted with the com­mu­nity and lo­cal coun­cils, the pre­ferred op­tion is to re­place the An­der­son Street road bridge, with a new bridge just to the north of the cur­rent struc­ture.

“This op­tion will en­sure road ac­cess across the rail line will not be af­fected dur­ing con­struc­tion of the new bridge,” they said.

“We are also con­sid­er­ing how safe pedes­trian ac­cess across the new bridge and to the sta­tion precinct can be in­cor­po­rated.”

The ARTC are en­cour­ag­ing the com­mu­nity to send com­ments to in­landrail­vic@artc.com.au or call them 1800 732 761.

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