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A PLAN to extend the Schotters Rd rail stabling yard has been canned.
Whittlesea Leader revealed in July, the Mernda Rail Extension yard, which was set to run from Bridge Inn Rd to Hayes Rd, would be extended to Johnsons Rd much to the ire of neighbouring properties.
However, the Level Crossing Removal Authority abandoned the plan without explanation earlier this month.
The stabling yard will now start south of Heals Rd and end behind the Uniting Church on Schotters Rd.
Schotters Rd mother Julie Melenhorst, whose house would’ve backed on to the extension, said she was pleased to hear the news.
“It’s good we won’t have the stabling yard at the back of our property but they’ve gone and cleared all the trees for no reason,” she said.
Ms Melenhorst was also waiting for the dead trees and debris to be removed.
“It’s all just sitting there rotting away so we want them to clear it as soon as possible as it’s becoming a safety issue with snake season approaching.”
Julie Melenhorst outside her property.The LXRA said contractors working on the Mernda Drain behind Schotters Rd would move trees and debris to prepare the stabling yard site in coming weeks, once drainage works are complete.
Extend Mernda Rail spokesman Darren Peters also welcomed the news.
“I congratulate LXRA for backing down and not building the stabling extension as it is the right thing to do,” Mr Peters said.
“These residents had little or no notice the yard would suddenly run behind their houses and were offered five free pot plants as compensation which was preposterous.
“It was a major communications blunder for LXRA who failed to consider the key needs of stakeholders in the project and I would encourage all residents to critically examine any information coming from them.”
LXRA Project Director Graeme Chambers said the yard was vital to meet demand for services on the future Mernda and Hurstbridge lines.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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