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WITH the controversial Kangy Angy rail maintenance facility given the green light, local residents have vowed to “protect their own interests”.
Transport for NSW has approved the $300 million facility to maintain the New Intercity Fleet. The site, which will run 24/7, will include about six kilometres of electrified railway up to seven tracks wide, offices, amenities, staff parking and ancillary buildings.
Local residents have been campaigning against the facility which will be built near rural homes and on flood-prone land.
Kirsti Payne and Ross Ferrier in 2015, joined by fellow Kangy Angy residents, have spent years fighting the rail maintenance facility. Picture: Mark ScottRoss Ferrier, from the Kangy Angy Residents Action Group, said while they decision has been made, they have to protect their lifestyle and keep Transport for NSW accountable.
“At this point, our priority is to protect our own interests,” he said.
“They said we won’t hear the facility and they will control the water run off. They have also promised no horn or brake testing. They have got to stick to that.”
He said the site was highlighted to Transport for NSW by the former Wyong Shire Council.
“It’s the council before us that dropped us in this,” he said. “They are sticking industry in an environmentally zoned land. We all love where we live. It’s a real slice of heaven.”
Mr Ferrier, who lives in Orchard Road, said the only benefit to local residents’ is the bridge Transport for NSW will build for permanent access to the site connecting Enterprise Drive to Orchard Road.
When approval of the facility was announced, The Entrance State Labor MP David Mehan took to Facebook saying Kangy Angy was a “dumb location”.
Central Coast Parliamentary Secretary Scot MacDonald said the maintenance facility will benefit the Coast with ongoing jobs, including apprenticeships.
“Through employment and a range of services supplied for fleet maintenance, there will be a material contribution to the Central Coast economy,” he said.
“Remember most of the rail maintenance work will be brought out of Sydney up to the Central Coast. This is good news for the region.”
He said the location was chosen after a detailed analysis against a range of criteria, including engineering, environmental and construction considerations.
A Transport for NSW spokesman said they will continue to keep the community regularly updated as work progresses.
“We have always promised to keep the Kangy Angy community updated on the progress of the maintenance facility,” the spokesman said.
“Now that the building work is ready to begin in earnest, we will keep that commitment. Some noise is unavoidable during the construction of any facility, but we will be implementing a range of measures to keep this to an absolute minimum.”
Construction is due to get underway later this year and be complete in 2019.
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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