Petition calls for Wangaratta station footbridges to be saved
Thursday 11 October 2018
A petition calling for the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to retain both the pedestrian bridges at the Wangaratta Station precinct is now available to be signed.
Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said the petition was a result of community opposition to the proposal to remove the Docker Street and Cusack Street footbridges as part of the Inland Rail project.
“The ARTC is looking to remove both the Docker Street and Cusack Street footbridges as part of enhancement works required along the rail corridor through Wangaratta for the Inland Rail Project,” Mr McCurdy said.
“However, the Cusack Street footbridge continues to serve its purpose for Wangaratta residents, allowing pedestrian access from east to west. This bridge is also included on the Victorian Heritage Register.
“The bridge currently provides uninterrupted access between the Wangaratta hospital and Norton Street, through to the CBD, so for pedestrian and cycling connectivity and historical reasons there is a lot of value in it being saved.”
As part of the Inland Rail project plan the footbridges are earmarked to be removed to make way for double-stacked freight trains to run between Melbourne and Brisbane.
The ARTC plan indicates the footbridges may be replaced by a single, central footbridge to be accessed via steps and twin-shafted elevators at either end. The option to upgrade one of the existing footbridges is also being considered.
Mr McCurdy said members of the public had called for other viable options to be pursued rather than removing the two pedestrian bridges.
“There are different alternatives available other than what the ARTC has proposed, such as sinking the platform and lowering the track,” he said.
“This petition calls on the ARTC to consider other viable alternatives than those proposed that will allow the current footbridges to be saved.”
The petition can be signed at Mr McCurdy’s electorate office 15 Murphy St, Wangaratta, the Wangaratta Show this weekend, APCO service station, Paulie’s Corner Café and the Flagpole Store, Wangaratta.