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SLEEPLESS and stressed out people living along the sky rail line are being offered counselling and nights in hotels to deal with intrusive building works.
The Level Crossing Removal Authority has obtained special permits allowing extended building hours from 5am-10pm from Carnegie to Murrumbeena and Hughesdale.
LXRA project director Brett Summers confirmed they had offered “alternative accommodation” to residents “most impacted” by “prolonged night works”.
“To ensure rail corridor works carried out safely and effectively, many construction activities are conducted during hours when trains run less frequently,” Mr Summers said.
“We sincerely thank residents for their patience and understanding where works or morning deliveries are undertaken outside regular hours.”
The Leader understands LXRA are putting some people up in Quest Apartment Hotels in Melbourne.
The contemporary, self-contained apartments cost from $169 to $299 a night.
Stressed residents are also being offered one telephone call and two in-person sessions with a psychologist.
How the Carnegie sky rail line will look when work has finished.The LXRA would not say how long the extended works were expected to continue or exactly how many people had taken advantage of the free accommodation and counselling.
But Mr Summers said they had “worked with dozens of households” to provide alternative accommodation during out of hours construction works.
Dianne Hunt, secretary of Lower Our Tracks, said the fact that counselling was being offered showed just how much people’s lives had been impacted.
“It has caused such grief among the community, people are physically sick, mentally exhausted and stressed,” Mrs Hunt said.
“There has been huge community upheaval, some people are selling up and moving under the Voluntary Purchase Scheme, traders are worried about their businesses.”
She said the alternative accommodation offers weren’t consistent, with some residents getting them while others didn’t.
She said the early morning starts were loud.
“The trucks reverse beeping are like an alarm going off all day,” she said.
Murrumbeena resident Catherine Pendelich said she knew of people so stressed that they had received treatment and gone on antidepressants.
She said one family’s dog had been so stressed by the noisy works that it had to be sedated.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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