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A controversial sky rail is announced by the Victorian Government in Melbourne's inner east, in order to remove a notoriously congested level crossing next to the Monash Freeway.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the level crossing on Toorak Road in Malvern would be removed by building a 550-metre section of elevated track.
At its highest point, the railway will be 9 metres tall.
The intersection is used by 37,000 vehicles every day and Mr Andrews said it was one of Melbourne's most congested rail crossings, with boom gates down 35 per cent of the time during the morning peak.
With Labor planning more frequent train services, that percentage is expected to increase.
"This entire area comes to a standstill every morning and afternoon peak when the boom gates are down — that's why we're getting rid of them,'' Mr Andrews said.
Residents fear impact on lifestyle, property valueBut some local residents are worried about the impact of the huge infrastructure project on the value of their properties.
Chris Brownbill, whose property backs onto the train line, said she was trying to sell her home.
"The auction is the 23rd of February and we've had no notification," Ms Brownbill said.
"I don't think we'll be able to sell it.
"Interest at the moment even without the sky rail going through is very low, so this has just added another horrible [factor]."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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