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Residents could be forced to move out of their homes while the Melbourne Metro Rail project is built, but they are yet to be told where they would go or how long for.
Documents outlining the construction process have revealed that some people living near the project route could be required to relocate due to "unavoidable" noise and vibration, which may occasionally occur after hours.
While the state government insists it will do everything possible to minimise the disruption, locals say they are being kept in the dark about the details.
Lorraine Parker, who lives along St Kilda Road, said she found the possibility of relocating "very frightening", particularly given the project would not be completed until 2026 and it was not clear if disrupted residents would be required to move for days, weeks or months at a time.
"I'm over 70, so it's a real concern," she said. "We've been told that the noise and vibration could be 24/7 and they are prepared to relocate us at the worst times to a Quest apartment or something. But we pay thousands of dollars in body corporate fees to live in these buildings, so I don't think we should be forced to downgrade our lifestyles just because they're going to bulldoze the area and turn it into a quarry for a few years."
The $10.9 billion Metro Rail project is a nine-kilometre twin tunnel with five underground stations: Domain, CBD South, CBD North, Parkville and Arden.
But the prospect that residents may have to temporarily move out of their homes has largely been kept under wraps, with only limited details buried in the hundreds of pages that make up the project's environmental effects statement.
"There would be times when unavoidable work occurs outside of normal working hours and the community may be impacted," the effects statement says. "Temporary relocation or respite would be an option if the level and duration of disturbance were not well tolerated by a resident.
This approach is consistent with other projects … such as the Regional Rail Link."
An artist's impression of the new Domain Station. Photo: SuppliedThe Melbourne Metro Rail Authority says details won't be worked out until closer to construction, when the contract has been awarded, and arrangements with residents would be determined case by case.
Opposition spokeswoman Margaret Fitzherbert accused the government of ignoring community concerns in its rush "to press the start button on a major project".
"Like sky rail, residents have been left in the dark about what's happening in their neighbourhood," she said.
Gail Davis, who lives near the Shrine of Remembrance, in the precinct where the new Domain station will be built, said the first she heard about the possibility of relocation was in a brochure she found at an information session, but the issue had not been raised at the briefing itself.
Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan and Metro Rail Authority chief executive Evan Tattersall said everything possible would be done to reduce the impact of construction.
"Just like on previous projects, temporary relocation will be considered where works are unavoidably and unreasonably disruptive," Ms Allan said. "But we need to build the Metro Tunnel – without it, our city will grind to a halt."
Mr Tattersall said: "Ultimately, the Metro Tunnel will make it easier to get around Melbourne, making our city a better place to live and visit."
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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