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SKYRAIL may be the only option for a prioritised level crossing removal in Melbourne’s southeast.
Extensive underground cabling works underway near the Berwick level crossing may make it impossible to lower the rail beneath the road, according to a source.
And Victorian Planning Authority designs provide strong indications a Skyrail will be constructed in the area which is being revamped into a major health and education precinct.
The Herald Sun can reveal at least one major health facility has been briefed on Skyrail plans.
“They are considering skyrail. I was asked by the VPA for my thoughts on Skyrail and if we would like having a new access road to Kangan Drive,” said the senior executive.
Skyrail may be the only option at Berwick.UNION CALLS FOR ALL SKYRAIL STATIONS TO BE FULLY STAFFED FROM FIRST TO LAST TRAIN
The Herald Sun has been told underway cabling works near the Clyde Road level crossing could rule out the possibility of lowering the rail beneath the road.
“The only alternative is over. It couldn’t go underground and then back up before (the cabling),” a source said.
Nearby residents fear Skyrail will devalue homes and attract crime.
It could also impact household privacy, according to Nick Kane, who lives behind the station.
“I won’t be happy about it. It’ll be pretty uncomfortable,” he said. “My main concern is the noise factor, the loss of privacy for people living in properties along the corridor and more graffiti,” he said.
The Clyde Road level crossing has been described as one of the state’s worst, causing frustrating delays for up to 18,800 drivers each day. It is due to be removed by 2022.
Andy, an automotive specialist at the The Brake Place, said Skyrail would be an eyesore.
“It’s going to look terrible above the ground. Putting it under the road would be a better way to go aesthetically,” he said
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Premier Daniel Andrews at the skyrail construction site in Noble Park. Picture: Andrew HenshawA spokeswoman for Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan would not confirm Skyrail plans and said the government is still planning how to remove the crossing.
“We’re looking at all options for the site,” the spokeswoman said.
VPA Urban Renewal Lead Director Steve Dunn said the precinct — which includes Casey Hospital and Federation University — is a significant employment hub and will require good public transport connections.
“They are vital to the success of any major jobs hub, and the Level Crossing Removal Authority is conducting assessment that will help inform different removal options.”
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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