Rail and council on track

By Paul Hemsley
Mayor Genia McCaffery said the project belongs to RailCorp, but her council will monitor and manage the surrounding roads to North Sydney railway station.
“We want people out of their cars and on public transport, we encouraged and worked very closely with RailCorp to upgrade the station,” Ms McCaffery said.
RailCorp General Manager Customer Service Manager for North Sydney Rino Matarazzo said the construction process will involve moving sandstone from the track base, which will generate some noise.
“Noise levels will be monitored to ensure disruption to customers and nearby residents is minimised,” Mr Matarazzo said.
According to Ms McCaffery, there have been ongoing discussions with RailCorp regarding noise levels, including “rail squeal” caused by curves in the tracks.
Ms McCaffery said residential complaints to the council about noise would be forwarded on to RailCorp.
Mr Matarazzo said new track will be installed, as well as ballast, concrete sleepers and overhead wiring to prevent the latter from sagging during hot summer periods, causing trains to run slower.
Ms McCaffery told Government News that her local government is not involved with the funding and “it’s all State Rail”.

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