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THE rail maintenance facility in Kangy Angy is forging ahead in a matter of weeks, despite ongoing protests from residents and Central Coast Council.
Central Coast Parliamentary Secretary Scot MacDonald announced today that work will begin in early 2018 on the controversial New Intercity Fleet Program Maintenance Facility to prepare for the arrival of the $2.3 billion New Intercity Fleet.
“We have awarded a key contract for the detailed design and construction of a new maintenance facility to service the trains at Kangy Angy,” Mr MacDonald said.
Kangy Angy residents have been fighting the facility for more than two years. Pictures: Sue Graham“Infrastructure and property group John Holland will now begin pre-construction activities with major construction expected to start early in 2018.”
Last week, Central Coast Mayor Jane Smith led the charge to call on Transport for NSW to move the facility from Kangy Angy to Warnervale. However, Deputy Mayor Chris Holstein said from all indications the facility was “in concrete”.
Mr MacDonald said the project is expected to generate 300 jobs on the Central Coast, including local apprenticeships during construction and 200 jobs ongoing once in operation.
Kangy Angy residents have been fighting the facility for more than two years, concerned about flooding, impact on wildlife and proximity to local properties.
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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