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THE State Government will reduce noise levels along the Footscray stretch of the Regional Rail Link.
A spokesperson from Planning Minister Matthew Guy’s office has told Star a new noise mitigation plan for the Deer Park to Werribee section will also include measures for Footscray.
“The Environmental Management Plan for Regional Rail Link Section 1 (including Footscray) has been endorsed by Minister Guy, subject to a supplement to be provided by 31 Dec 2012, to further address the management of operational noise in the context of the forthcoming policy framework for noise from future passenger rail investment in Victoria,” the spokesperson said.
“In the process for the supplement to the Environment Management Plan, the concerns of Footscray residents can be addressed.”
The comments come after an advisory report into stage two of the $5.3 billion Regional Rail Link found that noise mitigation plans for the 30 kilometre stretch between Deer Park and Werribee was “extremely limited” and “an inadequate response to the anticipated levels of noise”.
The report, prepared for presentation to the Minister for Planning, recommends maximum noise limits of 60 decibels on average for the Deer Park to Werribee section, which is well below the noise levels predicted for Footscray.
It prompted Mr Guy commission a new noise mitigation plan for the Deer Park to Werribee section.
An EPA noise and vibration assessment on the Regional Rail Link last year identified severe health impacts for a large number of Footscray residents.
“In Footscray, for the most exposed residents, a vast majority of the population will experience chronic noise-induced sleep disturbance, with significant proportions ‘highly disturbed’,” the EPA report read.
This article first appeared on www.starnewsgroup.com.au
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