Inland Rail will be in Forbes this month to talk to locals about the project and get feedback on the early designs and planning in the local area.
Inland Rail is the 1,700 kilometre rail line which will link Melbourne and Brisbane allowing the passage of double stacked freight trains up to 1,800 metres long and helping connect cities and farms to markets across the country, safer, faster and more efficiently.
Between Stockinbingal and Parkes the project will use the existing 169 kilometre rail corridor. But there are structures along that route where changes are needed to allow the passage of the taller trains.
These community drop-ins in the Forbes town centre will allow people to hear directly from project representatives, ask questions and give their feedback.
“We want to hear from as many people in the area as possible. It is still the early design stages for this leg of Inland Rail,” said Project Manager, Cameron Simpkins.
“But we’re looking at the options around replacing the Lachlan River rail bridge, and what enhancements will be needed at the Wyndham Avenue road bridge, so that the taller trains can pass under it safely. There are also likely to be some enhancement works needed in the Forbes railway station precinct.”
The scheduled sessions are:
• Daroobalgie on Monday, 17th December from 10am to 1pm at the canteen at the Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange;
• Forbes on Monday, 17th December from 4pm to 7pm at the corner of Templar Street and Lachlan Street and
• Forbes on Tuesday, 18th December from 8am to 11am at the corner of Templar Street and Lachlan Street.