Have a say on review of environmental factors for Singleton Railway underpass

9 June, 2015

Michael Johnsen MP Member for Upper Hunter is pleased to announce that community members are invited to get involved in the next stage of planning for the widening of the Singleton railway underpass by commenting on the review of environmental factors (REF) for the project.

Mr. Johnsen said Roads and Maritime Services invites community feedback to the REF which details the planned upgrade and proposed mitigation measures designed to reduce environmental impacts.

“Roads and Maritime together with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) are planning to upgrade the Singleton railway underpass locally referred to as the Gowrie Gates,” Mr Johnsen said.

“The New England Highway through Singleton is part of the National Land Transport Network and is the main link connecting Newcastle to the Upper Hunter.

 “The Main Northern Railway overpass of the highway at Gowrie Gates currently restricts access for over width vehicles.

“The widened underpass would improve road and rail freight access through the Hunter Valley.”

 Mr. Johnsen said the proposed upgrade aims to provide continued light and heavy vehicle access to Singleton. Heavy vehicle access would still be required when a bypass of the town is built in the future.

 “The NSW Government has allocated $500,000 this year to progress planning for the upgrade and the proposal and REF is now on display for community feedback,” Mr. Johnsen said.

 “The proposal includes replacing the rail bridge to provide increased highway width and to minimise disruptions to trains on the Main Northern Railway Line.

 “The widening work would allow two travel lanes with wide sealed shoulders and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

 “To minimise impact on road users while the upgrade is completed, Roads and Maritime is proposing to build a temporary road about 20 metres south of the existing rail bridge to be used for short durations during scheduled rail track possessions.

 “The temporary road would aim to ensure motorists avoid a lengthy detour during rail track possessions.

 “Members of the community can view the REF and collect a community update from the Roads and Maritime Services regional office, Singleton Motor Registry and Singleton Council until 7 July this year,” Mr. Johnsen said

 For more information please visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au

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Contact: Michael Johnsen

upperhunter@parliament.nsw.gov.au

www.michaeljohnsen.com.au

20 Bridge Street (PO Box 493), Muswellbrook NSW 2333

ph 02 6543 1065 mob 0419 696 756 fax 02 6543 1416

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