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Media Release : Rail Residents still in the dark

posted Aug 12, 2010, 11:50 PM by Site Editor   [ updated Aug 12, 2010, 11:53 PM ]
With less than 6 days remaining until the close of public submissions, affected residents are still in the dark about the location of the new tracks.

In response to the list of 75 questions put to the Minister and the Department of Transport (DoT) by Fair-go for Footscray Rail Residents (FFRR) group the Minister made an undertaking to provide a package of written information. The 'information pack' arrived on Monday 9th August.

The pack provides some new information and FFRR welcomes any effort to improve the flow and quality of information coming to us.

However, the information provided fails to address the most important questions: the actual location of the track, alignment options, height of the tracks, noise and vibration impacts, water management, train service frequency, road closures and access disruption, bridge construction information, traffic management, whether those who are not covered by compulsory acquisition and receive an offer for purchase will receive the same rights,  likely social impacts and specific details on how and when we will be consulted with - all the information needed to make informed decisions and submissions.

While FFRR welcomes any additional information, we view the info-pack as 'too little and too late'.   Read the full text