Details about changes needed to accommodate the new Blue Mountains train fleet are expected to be revealed on Tuesday, August 8 when a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) goes on public display.
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The document will detail the fleet’s impact on heritage items along the Blue Mountains rail line.
The South Korean-built trains have come under fire from Labor for being too wide for parts of the Blue Mountains line.
In announcing the REF’s imminent public exhibition, Upper House Liberal MP Shayne Mallard conceded “to support this modern fleet we need to make some changes to the Blue Mountains line and bring it into line with the rest of the intercity network”.
The Katoomba-based MP said “any project of this scale needs to be approached in a way that balances both the preservation of our rich history with the delivery of the trains of the future”.
“To ensure this happens, these modifications have been designed in collaboration with heritage specialists to minimise the impact on state and locally-listed heritage items.”
The Review of Environmental Factors will be available online at www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/have-your-say.
It will also be available at Lithgow City Council and Lithgow Library.
Transport for NSW project teams will also be on hand to meet with the public at a series of local information sessions at Lithgow Valley Plaza on Monday, August 21 from 3-6pm and Tuesday, August 22 from 12-3pm.
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