Community takes fight for rail to the Supreme Court
Rail corridor between Glenfield and Macarthur earmarked for medium density
Rail Trail boost to tourism - and local economy
Newcastle rail case may be long wait
Save Our Rail questions semantics argument over rail line cut
North West Rail Link corridor to extend through to Marsden Park
Camurra West to Weemelah Line Booked Out of Use
Rail Trail full steam ahead
John Holland Commissions Electronic Train Orders
Closure of Newcastle rail stations not technically a closure of whole line, State Government lawyer says
Plans to build a ventilation outlet on the grounds of an aquatic centre in Sydney's inner west for an underground railway has raised fears it will force the temporary closure of a popular pool.
The Inner West Council says it has been told by transport officials that they are looking to construct a fresh-air ventilation facility for the $20 billion-plus Metro West rail line on a large grassed area at the Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre.
A ventilation outlet for the Metro West rail line has been proposed for a grassed area at the Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre.CREDITALLAS KILPONEN
The council's Labor mayor, Darcy Byrne, described the plans for a ventilation facility within the aquatic centre's grounds as "crazy" because it had more than 800,000 visits every year.
"Early advice from the council officers is that the air quality, noise and vibration impact from construction will force us to close the pool," he said.
Of the council's five pools, two are already closed for refurbishments. The Dawn Fraser Baths at Balmain and the Ashfield Aquatic Centre are due to reopen late next year.
Mr Byrne said the council had already endorsed plans for the area identified by the state's transport agency at the Leichhardt aquatic centre as the site for a water play-park, as well as barbecues and a shaded recreational space.
The site of the planned ventilation outlet for a section of the rail line, which will run through tunnels between the Bays Precinct near Rozelle and Five Dock, was also "just metres" from the Bay Run walking and cycling path used by thousands of people every day, he said.
Transport for NSW confirmed the agency had held "initial conversations" with the Inner West Council about a potential site for a ventilation facility but its location was yet to be decided. Detailed design work would be undertaken once a site was confirmed.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
About this website
Railpage version 3.10.0.0037
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is © 2003-2020 Interactive Omnimedia Pty Ltd.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds.