On Track - Railway Precinct Project
Published on 08 May 2020
Whilst the many aspects of life begin to resume normality, the Wangaratta Railway Precinct Enhancement Project is still full steam ahead.
The Wangaratta Railway Precinct Enhancement Project, a railway and community enhancement project managed by the Rural City of Wangaratta is progressing well with construction despite pandemic restrictions that were in place for an extended period of time.
“We’ve been fortunate in that construction has been able continue throughout the last few months, providing that contractors met the social distancing laws and regulations,” said Alan Clark, Director of Infrastructure Services for Rural City of Wangaratta. “In fact, the project is now actually ahead of schedule, with our team able to work freely by closing sections of the road with minimal impact on local businesses.”
Providing locals and visitors a welcoming gateway to both the Wangaratta CBD and the surrounding high country, the precinct will offer an inviting atmosphere with bike paths, pedestrian crossings and shared pathways to allow citizens to move freely in and around Wangaratta and some of the region’s most picturesque cycling trails.
“Previously, there has been no linkages between the CBD and our station. Many visitors often don’t know how to get to the CBD upon arrival,” said Mr Clark. “We expect this project will offer a welcoming, green and modern space, incorporating art, shaded areas and other facilities to help showcase Wangaratta as a progressive and livable city.”
The project will include substantial upgrades to the surrounding Cusack, Docker and Norton Streets as well as the Wangaratta Library, with public art pieces set to be a major drawcard of the precinct and greater numbers of through traffic on foot, bike and train anticipated to draw businesses to the area.
“We hope these upgrades will encourage residents to engage in active transport. Whether you’re visiting from Melbourne or catching the train into work with simple movement throughout our city, we can really promote Wangaratta as a wonderful place to spend time,” said Mr Clark.
The project is estimated to contribute up to $2.1-$4.2 million annually to the Wangaratta economy, with completion anticipated for early 2021.