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Geelong trains would rise at least eight metres above roads in South Geelong and Grovedale under a state government plan to duplicate the line and run more trains.
The rail line would rise and fall over a distance of about two kilometres at the Surf Coast Highway, Grovedale and one kilometre at Fyans St, South Geelong, state government maps show.
Community consultation is now opened after state government planning determined elevated rail bridges between eight and 12 metres high are the best solution for the level crossing removals.
Geelong rail duplication map showing bridge over Fyans St, South GeelongPTUA Geelong convener Paul Westcott said the elevated rail bridges could make areas around the train line quieter if the “trough” design common in Melbourne was used.
“It’s been proven rail over road is the best solution. It tends to diminish the amount of noise. This is by far the most preferable solution,” Mr Westcott said.
Victorian Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson called on the state government to address concerns from residents who live near the train line where the elevated rail line will be built.
Geelong rail line duplication at Surf Coast Highway concept drawing.
Geelong rail line duplication at Fyans St, South Geelong concept drawing.“Concept designs include sky rail between the Geelong Showgrounds and Fitzroy Street in South Geelong, and between Reserve Rd in Marshall through to Bickford Rd, south of Burdoo Recreation Reserve, in Grovedale,” Ms Henderson said.
“If elevated rail along this part of the track is the best solution, the state government needs to ensure it properly consults with the community and addresses any concerns.”
A state government spokeswoman said sky rail was not proposed for the project.
This article first appeared on www.geelongadvertiser.com.au
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