RAILWAY tracks at Glenrowan will not be lowered to make way for double-stacked Inland Rail trains, with a new bridge to be built instead.
Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) general manager Projects Victoria, Ed Walker, told the Wangaratta Chronicle yesterday that they have listened and taken on board input from the community, as well as key stakeholders such as Wangaratta council and Heritage Victoria.
He said feedback is now being sought on designs for a new bridge to be built to the west of the existing bridge, partially within the Commonwealth heritage area.
“The new bridge will need to be higher and the ramps on the approaches will be longer than the existing ramps due to the increased height,” Mr Walker said.
“We also need to incorporate pedestrian access on the bridge.”
The new bridge will ease concerns of local residents and staff at the nearby Glenrowan Primary School who have long held concerns about the existing overpass and the risk it poses to school children walking to and from the school over the narrow, unprotected path adjoining the overpass roadway.