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Two years after it was the scene of protests by angry residents fearful their quiet rural lifestyle would be ruined, major construction at the $265 million Kangy Angy rail maintenance facility has finished.
It comes as never before released security details have emerged about the lengths gone to protect the new facility for the next 15-20 years of its life.
The Express Advocate can reveal the entire site, including its 6km of electric rail lines, is under the watchful guard of more than 140 CCTV cameras.
Major construction at the $265m new Intercity Fleet maintenance facility at Kangy Angy has finished. Picture: Richard NooneThe fences, some topped with razor wire, have anti-dig beams while the perimeter features a hi-tech intruder detection system linked to the CCTV network.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance and Terrigal State Liberal MP Adam Crouch visited the site on Wednesday to mark the end of major construction.
The facility will be operated by UGL Rail, part of the consortium contracted to design, build and maintain the new fleet, with 90 permanent jobs to be filled over the next 18 months.
Mr Crouch said substantial landscaping had also been done.
The new $265m rail maintenance facility at Kangy Angy features high tech security including razor wire, CCTV cameras and an intruder detection system. Picture: Richard Noone“An important part of the construction phase is the revegetation work with a number of Central Coast native species being planted on-site, including 950 trees and more than 200,000 juvenile grasses, shrubs and trees,” he said.
“It’s fantastic to see that within the vegetation being retained, 30 nest boxes were installed to provide habitat for native animals.”
The project features what could be the state’s most expensive “driveway” in the form of a $50 million access road over the train line.
The access road bridge estimated to be worth $50 million, under construction last year. (AAP Image/Sue Graham)The controversial $265 million project was vehemently opposed by local residents who, two years ago this month, won the fight to save a small stand of trees providing a barrier between their properties and the rail maintenance facility.
It followed two weeks of protests and talks between residents, Central Coast Council, Transport NSW and contractor John Holland, which saw the trees remain on Orchard Rd.
Transport for NSW broke the deadlock when it proposed to reclassify the section of road from “industrial” to “rural” meaning the trees could stay.
UGL Rail executive general manager Doug Moss (left), with Terrigal State Liberal MP Adam Crouch (centre) and Transport Minister Andrew Constance at the new rail maintenance facility at Kangy Angy. Picture: Richard NooneHowever residents said their worst fears have materialised.
Resident Ross Ferrier said the Kangy Angy site was not one of Transport for NSW’s seven preferred locations and residents wished the government listened and chose industrial land at Warnervale.
“It’s pretty clear what our feelings were and they have not changed,” he said.
“None of us wanted it there. It’s had the impact we knew it would have, it’s a dirty great big source of light.”
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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