Much better than those Purple Dots

During a walk along the line yesterday with Jennie and Steph Key we noticed a great improvement to those throw screens at the Goodwood Junction.

The pictures, depicting the local architectural history, shown here were donated by local resident Molly Birch, and no doubt they have improved her outlook. Well done all involved. I reckon this is great.

And when the mural painting occurs later this year of the 4 sides of the Tram Overpass this area will have received a much needed face lift.

Now what we need is those purple dots to disappear.

Warning—the decibels of discontent are lifting another notch

As I head of shortly to work (yes I need the money) I understand that there is yet another public meeting about to take place. That meeting organised again by Terina Monteagle and in which Vickie Chapman will attend.

It is to be held at the Victoria Street rail crossing in what I understand is a push by the Liberal State opposition to have all warning devices lowered in volume and pitch after DPTI acquiesced to do precisely that at Fairfax Street last week.

So we have our local member looking to receive a petition from Fairmont Avenue about the East Avenue crossing to take to the Minister and her opponent at Victoria Street where she will be presenting a petition to the Opposition Minister gathered by a resident close to that crossing.

Seems our little neighbourhood has become the focus of attention as the election campaign starts to pick up.

Leader Street safety issues to be addressed

DPTI have announced that they are to install a pedestrian crossover at the Leader Street level crossing early next year.

After my initial observation 12 months ago and continued similar observations since then by the residents of Goodwood, Millswood, Forestville etc that a pedestrian crossing was needed on the south side of the Leader Street level crossing the project team of DPTI have also worked it out.

I guess we simply had to have patience that they (DPTI) would eventually see what we could all see and that a pedestrian crossing was needed on the south side of this crossing. Let’s face it the projects conducted on the rail corridor were all “design and construct” so we could not expect they could plan ahead until it became obvious.

It is a shame that the observations of residents and myself could be treated with what I would suggest was disdain. It is great thought that they are now on the same page.

Thank you DPTI.

DPTI says thank you for your patience and tolerance

Free train rides through the Goodwood Junction was the feature of a thank you at Forestville Reserve today.

DPTI conducted what they called a celebration of the project and sent a big thank you to the many residents affected by the disruption to their lives over the last 12 months. There was a steady flow of people through the day, taking the opportunity to partake of a sausage and a smoothie.

Of course DPTI took the opportunity to promote the integrated transport plan on behalf of the government.

Most who attended are looking forward to the project being completed and the trains running again. As many appreciated the service that is yet to be. A number had an opportunity to alert the project management team of issues that still require resolution.

The team have indicted a desire to correct some of these, and there are some that simply wont get fixed. One they have given an undertaking to investigate is the building of a CCTV building at the corner of Arundel Avenue and Cranbrook Avenue. With some luck maybe the Minister will be asked to do what he professes he loves and that is to problem solve by extending the screen along Arundel to match the relocation of the Belair passing loop. One that wont be fixed is the relocation of the fence along Canterbury Terrace at Black Forest to assist in making that street safer for all road users. The adjacent services make this impossible.

The besser block building at Cranbrook Avenue apparently was designed by the contractor and members of the management team had no idea of its size or location. The problems this creates for residents of this area and in particular the resident on the north side, western end of Arundel Avenue would be investigated on Monday was the undertaking we received.

Hopefully a solution will be forthcoming that will at least minimize if not eradicate the new visual intrusion into the amenity of this suburb.

As I took the free ride which went from the Goodwood Station to, coincidentally a spot on the track where I used to live, I contemplated the service to come and when that might be. I was advised that the diesel trains will be back up and running in December. Dont know when in December which may mean I have to find alternate transport to get to the Test at Adelaide Oval.

In my estimation, noting they could not advise me, the electrical trains are still a good 3 months away. For anyone not contacted by the DPTI public relations team all work on the line from now on will be at night. This is to provide the opportunity to test the trains on the track, both diesel and electric. It will also provide the opportunity to train their drivers in operating the electric trains.

Victoria Street Open to cars

The rail grade separation and electrification works are coming to an end with Victoria Street, Millswood open to traffic.

There is still much to be done to be finally complete and while workers will  frequent the area there will be safety guards present at the crossing.

I noticed when visiting the site early this afternoon that sound attenuation walling is yet to commence and the Greenways bike path from the crossing back to Cromer Parade has yet to be bituminised. Of course electrification works  are well short of finished.

There are of course a number of resident concerns yet to be resolved with DPTI. Jennie & I will be seeking another audience with Rod Hook if we feel resolutions are not forthcoming in the near future.

Belair Line Closes back Down

With works on the Noarlunga line meandering I have been wondering and I’ll bet you have too if the line will be functional by the latest date for trains to be running again, namely 23 September, which is but a week away.


This storey, courtesy of Jessica Haynes of the Mitcham & Hills Messenger, increases the anxiety as to when this thing will be finished.

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THE Belair rail line will be closed for overnight works for two weeks from Monday, September 16.
The line will be closed during the week between 10pm and 5.30am to Friday, September 27.
Weekend line closures will occur on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 6pm to 8am.
A bus substitute between Adelaide and Belair will be available on the weekend services.
Services are expected to return to normal on Monday, September 30.
The closures are needed as part of the works to electrify the Noarlunga line.
A Transport Department statement released today said there would be more evening off-peak restrictions and weekend line closures in the coming months for electrification works.

Is my house at risk? DPTI responds

Back on the 30th May I posted a blog on my assessment of whatever or not homes were at risk as a result of and during the various rail projects being undertaken through the western suburbs of the City of Unley. 

The Eastern Courier, via reporter John Stokes, has taken up this issue and received the undertaking from DPTI that they will rectify damage. Quoting from the article

“Where damage is proven to be caused by construction activities, the department and/or its contractors will rectify the damage.”

She said if homes had not been inspected residents could contact the department or organise their own inspection.

His article can be accessed here http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/work-on-goodwood-rail-underpass-may-have-damaged-nearby-homes/story-e6frea6u-1226661925745

A tip to anyone not in the Goodwood Junction area. If you feel you home has been affected contact the department.

And a  tip to DPTI, homes within 25 metres i suggest was a mistake. My house is 30 metres away and it was impacted upon.

Is my house at risk?

Your home is not at risk of major failure as a result of the construction works being undertaken by DPTI at the Goodwood Junction, or elsewhere along the rail corridor as the rail infrastructure is being revitalised and electrified.
Does this mean your house will not suffer some form of damage? NO! The construction works can and will impact on your house to varying degrees. Cracks may appear, plaster may fall off the wall etc.
Whatever your understanding of what DPTI’s consultant said at last night’s CAG meeting I aim to bring some perspective to it for you here.
Referring to my earlier post tonight the question not answered by DPTI at last night’s meeting is what impact will the various rail projects have on my home and WILL DPTI ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY for rectification of the damage. In this earlier post I suggested this question was not answered by DPTI. The answer given was, the works will not impact significantly on your home.
Firstly! I am a building inspector when not fulfilling my obligations as a Councillor for the Goodwood South ward of the city of Unley.
As a building inspector, and with 44 years’ experience in the building industry I can say to you that the construction works being undertaken by DPTI, in my opinion, will not structurally compromise your house in any major way and that you do not have to worry that your house will become structurally deficient and collapse.
That said the construction works will more than likely be responsible for defects that may appear when certain construction activities take place.
Notwithstanding the comments made by DPTI’s experts last night about vibrations, buildings of different age, different construction detailing, and different engineering WILL react differently to the same level of vibration.
A home built 100 years ago with bluestone footings will react differently than a house built only 2 years ago with today’s engineering knowledge. A home with drummy plaster (which is common of older homes) will be more prone to plaster falling off the wall than a home with plaster that adheres to the wall as can be expected today.
Damage can and will occur to some homes. This is why DPTI have offered dilapidation surveys on some homes, homes they believe are likely to be impacted by the works. They would not have conducted these surveys otherwise.
The level of damage will not be structurally compromising however, so please, please do not panic that your home is going to collapse.
I have every faith that, once the project is complete, that DPTI will conduct further surveys and they will repair defects that, unless the defects that have appeared can be attributed to clear and identifiable outside factors, has appeared during the period of the project. I trust they will do likewise to other houses they did not conduct dilapidation surveys too.
That said, the repairs needed to your home, whilst they may be significant, will not at the end of the day be major, even though you may think otherwise. Major defects are those that will impact on the structural integrity of your home.
My advice to you is to ensure that DPTI do inspect your home at the completion of the project. In so doing be clear to them that you believe the defects are the result of the construction within the rail corridor.
Please note also that defects that may appear well after the project has been complete are unlikely to be as a result of the construction works. In my experience the defects will appear immediately or very soon thereafter.
If you wish assistance or advice with this I am happy for you to contact me via my business email [email protected].
And my advice to DPTI! May I respectfully suggest that you talk to people where they are and that means not blinding them with science. Last night I believe was a waste of time for you in public relations.

Disillusionment Continues with DPTI on Rail projects

Residents continue to be concerned they are being “snowed” by DPTI when it comes to protecting their interests after a meeting with residents last night.

This was the latest of regular meetings convened to liaise between DPTI and their contractors and the residents affected by the rail works. This meeting focused on damage to houses resulting from the constructions works. The efforts to address concerns about damage to houses was not received well.
Experts in vibration who have been commissioned by DPTI or the contractors to monitor the construction activities spoke at last night’s meeting to help residents understand what is being done to avoid damage to their homes. The presentation was a technical appraisal of vibrations of equipment and how it might impact on surrounding ground and the methodology of recording it.
Unfortunately the information provided appeared to be above the understanding of most people present at the meeting. As I saw it graph after graph after graph only confused most present. As the presentation unfolded, the message being received by residents from what I could see was that cracking in their homes was not the result of vibrations by the various equipment being used by DPTI’s contractors on the series of rail projects, but other unidentified factors.
This inspired one resident to speak up before the presentation was completed indicating she was a simple person with a simple understanding. She identified that she did not have cracks in her house before work on the Goodwood Junction commenced and now she has. Her take is that this must be as a result of the DPTI construction work.
This announcement bought the presentation by the experts to a halt.
Unfortunately the lack of trust of residents towards DPTI has widened.
The presentation focused on what vibrations are needed to impact on buildings. The standards being applied are, in the absence of an Australian Standard, based on German standards.
These standards assume houses built 30 years ago, 50 years ago, indeed 100 years ago without any engineering input will not react differently to houses built today with the engineering input applied today. The German standard indicates apparently that heritage houses, which are more susceptible to damage from vibrations, are hundreds of years old whereas houses only 100 years old are equal in their ability to withstand vibrations as are today’s engineered houses.
This is an argument not accepted by the majority of those present.
I am sure, having said that, that DPTI will respond appropriately to claims for rectification of damage to homes that occurs during the construction of the rail upgrade. But given the message received by residents last night do they (the residents) think this will happen?
I doubt it.
For an opinion on the impact of the construction works of the rail projects on homes adjacent the line check my next post.

A Meeting with Luigi Rossi

I had a meeting yesterday with Luigi Rossi (a name you all know) regarding DPTI projects in the rail corridor running through the City of Unley borders. The meeting addressed a number of concerns I have had and have publicly announced regarding the projects. I believe it was a successful meeting and look forward to an improvement in the experience residents have with the rail projects.

A number of concerns from my fellow residents have had were discussed. I was interested to hear Luigi confirm what I have heard previously from Department chiefs and that is that they have never experienced residents so passionate about their bit of turf.
Two major areas requiring attention became apparent during the meeting.
The first is that residents in areas other than immediately adjacent the Goodwood Junction project felt disenfranchised because the focus was on satisfying the needs of those adjacent the junction. The sheer volume and intensity of activity in this region has certainly required a significant focus and much has been done to work in with those residents but this should not excuse not treating others the same way.
Too often these residents have been misinformed by DPTI officers claiming that they (the resident) should be talking to another project team they should be talking to or that they should be talking to council because they are responsible for “this” whatever that may have been.
The second area is the pressure that has been placed on my co-councillor Jennie and I as we field the many concerns being expressed by our residents on a project that, whilst we have a vested interest in, is not our project and should not therefore take our major focus.
Our CEO Peter Tsokas attended this meeting and with his help we have agreed on a few initiatives that should help everybody.
Firstly and most importantly Luigi has agreed that he will appoint one man to be the overseeing project manager of the projects (plural). This one man will be responsible for all communication, ensuring there is no deferring to others.
This person will liaise with our Manager Infrastructure John Devine on all issues with which Council has an interest. Should there be any public utterances that implicate council John will be in attendance to give the council perspective.
Hopefully these two moves will sharpen up the DPTI performance in the eyes of my neighbours. It certainly should prevent the “other project team” and the “it is council” syndromes that have pervaded public communication to date.
Jennie & I will still advocate for you. To that end we will have fortnightly meetings to be appraised of design, construction, health and whatever other issues are yet to raise their heads in the near future, until the projects are completed later this year. This way we may not have to spend the sheer volume of time and energy we have had to put into a project that is not ours and allow us to monitor it and get on with ensuring council business is happening as it should.
How you communicate to this overseeing project manager has not been determined as far as I can see but this will surely be advised soon. In the meantime continue raising your concerns through the channels.

Another Meeting with Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis discussed a number of contentious issues at 2 street (or park) meetings held in the west of the City of Unley this morning, one at Everard Park in Goodwood Ward and again at Dora Guild Playground in the Goodwood South Ward.

I attended both these meetings are can report they were quite interactive. That is what her street meetings are about, hearing from you.

Topics concerning all three levels of Government were discussed, and for the first time since I have been attending these meetings I can say that State agenda was the main focus, with some local thrown in.

At the Federal level the Gonsky report was discussed, as was the boat arrivals.

Rail Revitalisation Works

At Dora Guild the State focus centred squarely around the rail corridor and the issues concerning residents concerns/perceptions that DPTI are paying lip service to their needs and running roughshod over them.

Residents along the corridor made an impact on their local state representative Steph Keys. I assisted by pointing out that residents outside the immediate area of the Goodwood Junction have felt disenfranchised and that they can not get a proper airing at the G-RAG meetings because of the shear intensity on what is happening around the junction.

She appears to have taken up my suggestion that these groups need to be heard separately and not be forced to fight for priority at G-RAG. I expect that she will attend personally at any house meeting arranged to ensure that they have someone in Government listening to them and advocating for them.

A time is being set up for Cowper Road residents as we speak. I will encourage the same thing to happen for Cranbrook residents, as soon as I can set Cowper up.

Leah Street Speed Humps

Of interest to Goodwood South residents, the local focus at Everard Park was the concerns of residents other than on Leah Street about the negative impact the newly installed speed cushions (by Council). So Goodwood Ward residents share the concerns of the residents East Avenue and like streets.

In the budget currently under public consultation we have allowed for a LATM (Local Area Traffic Management) survey of the whole area surrounding Leah Street. The purpose of this is to prevent us simply making more decisions on the run, without taking into consideration the impact a decision may/will have on surrounding streets.

I personally feel we made a mistake in approving the cushions. But let’s do a proper survey and not rush the next decision.

Cranbrook Residents turn to be Cranky with DPTI

DPTI showed again last night just how out of touch they are with the people their projects impact on. As I said in an earlier post on this blog site DPTI just don’t get it.

Last night in Cranbrook Avenue Millswood DPTI Next with residents of that street, Grantley Avenue and Arundel Avenue to discuss a gate being imposed on the residents after earlier assurances that their street would not be impacted on by the combined railway projects. Or so the residents, who called for the meeting thought.

Not so as far as DPTI’s entourage understood. They were there as part of their own going street meetings to discuss landscaping.

Never mind that the Project Manager for the Goodwood Junction Project was there, or a representative of the principal contractor for that project. Yes the landscape team was there, but at no other street meeting have the heavies been there.

The press was there prior to the meeting. And the state opposition was represented by Member for Unley David Pisoni. The candidate for Ashford, Terina Monteagle was there as was the candidate for the Federal seat of Adelaide, Carmen Garcia.

No DPTI. The meeting was called to protest the gate.

To add some poison by way of deflection we again witnessed their representatives claiming they can’t do something because Council …….. . This time, they can’t locate a pump station in a block of land acquired to construct a culvert bypass, which is part of the storm water program Council is responsible for, with 4 others.

The land was purchased by DPTI to effect installation of the bypass and intend to sell it on completion to defray the costs of the projects being constructed in this locality. They can’t use what they have acquired though because ….. Wait for it … Council owns the land.

I am sick and tired of allegations made by this department as they continue to dump council in it. We do not own the land and have not been offered it, unlike a small strip in Devon Street South.

We also saw the defence that they can’t respond to suggestions made by residents to ensure the promise made they won’t be worse off with claims of time constraints on the project and the ever reliable cost constraints. And yet the Government can add the Wayville Station development to the suite of projects just a month ago, at whatever multi millions of dollars.

Sorry but a change in Government is clearly needed if only to fix the rotten culture that exists in this Department. A culture that is the epitome of the current Governments decide & Defend policy.

DPTI Forestville Reserve Open Day

At a best guess I would say 500 people came and had a look at what information was available and to offer comment on what they thought good and/or bad about the various projects. DPTI had a swag of people there to answer questions, as did Council relative to the Brownhill Creek diversion and the redevelopment of Forestville Reserve.

Many issues concerning final design where answered, for me at least. In particular and concentrating here on just one, I was pleased to see that the electrification structure for the majority of the line would be a two pole cantilever structure rather than the Portal or Gantry style structure that DPTI had been using in all their promotions.

The Portal or Gantry structure will only be needed wherever there are 3 or more tracks, which essentially is north of Goodwood Junction. South of there, in other words south of Fairfax Street, the structure for the majority of the line, including beyond Unley’s boundaries, will be as below, two posts with a single cantilever on each post.

 
 

It is possible that some sections of the line, where it is possible to achieve it, that single posts with double cantilevers might be used. I have asked a DPTI representative to confirm whether this is possible along the Cromer Parade section and separately between Clarence Park Station and Emerson Station.

When I get the information I will pass it on.

Last Call

The DPTI hosted Open Day in Forestville Reserve is tomorrow. Yes Tomorrow.

If you have any interest in any of the projects going on along the rail corridor that runs within the borders of the City of Unley tomorrow is a must attend.

Projects that are concurrently underway include:

1   the rail revitislation
2   the elctrification of the Seaford (Noarlunga) line.
3   the rail grade separation, known as Goodwood Junction.
4   the provision of a shared cycling and pedestrian path, known as Greenways
5   the creation of a new station at Wayville
6   the diversion of the brownhill creek by way of underground culverts
7   redevelopment of Forestville Reserve as a result of that diversion

The last two projects are Council projects, the culverts beign constructed on our behalf by DPTI.

Come and see the many stalls set up, each covering one of the above projects.

It will be held at Forestville Reserve between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm. A free sausage sizzle is available to anyone who attends.

And what about when it is finished

Goodwood, Millswood, Forestville, Black Forest and Clarence Park residents have had a gutful of being shafted by DPTI. That is the common view of residents and, as can be seen by a number of my recent blog posts, by me.

I ruefully predicted before the various rail projects happening in our back yard that the problems we had experienced with communication with DPTI back then would pale into insignificance once the project commenced. I just smelt that we would have issue after issue, although I did not realise it would be a daily event which is what it has become. And it seems to be escalating.

If I am dumb enough to run for council again in 18 months from now I pray there are no significant DPTI projects to happen during my term.

I am sorry to all my readers but I feel I need to make another prediction and I pray I am wrong for all the users of Leader Street and Victoria Street.

The State Government is broke and so too are the Feds we are being constantly told. Two labour governments that have spent up big. There is no more cash in the kitty we are told.

We also have a federal election this year and in 51 weeks from now a state election. Based on opinion polls we can expect two changes of government. In other words the Libs will take over and they are usually quite (what is the word) frugal.

Of course even if labor get back in will they be able to afford the overpass (or is to be an underpass) over or under Leader Street. If that project does not happen then what will happen to traffic on Leader Street.

We are told that the Seaford train will run every 12 minutes. That is each way so by my calculations that is a train passing Leader Street every 6 minutes. Add the Brighton, Tonsley and Belair trains and that is a lot of traffic. Oh. And lets not forget the freight trains; they are going to be longer and more frequent.

That is a recipe for suggesting that the gates at Leader Street being down more than up. What then.

My best guess. Traffic will go down the narrower, more residentially focused route of Victoria Street.

Of course..why panic…it…Leader Street…will be built. Cant include it now because there is not enough money?

DPTI just does not get it

Two issues have arisen in the last week in the western wards of the City of Unley where (as we all know) there are several projects being undertaken in the rail corridor by DPTI on behalf of the State Government. One concerns cracking in my house, the second a traffic detour over Easter through residential streets.

The first of these I naturally have taken up with DPTI, not really as a concerned resident but to highlight the potential for problems for DPTI for yet again not recognising their responsibility to those that may be impacted by their work. My house was subjected, as where our neighbours early last week to what has been described as earthquake like vibrations.

We experienced cracking, albeit very minor; thankfully. A neighbour lost items off their overhead cupboard such were the vibrations experienced in their house.

I am concerned, not for my cracks (unless future works cause more significant cracking), but for the potential for the houses of other people living adjacent the corridor when the ballast is compacted by the heavy roller to experience worse than have I. I am also concerned that this occurred without any warning from DPTI.

Ballast was laid near my house in the last week and a heavy vibrating roller used to compact it. The vibrations so severe and loud so as to cause my wife and our grand daughter to flee the house thinking it was unsafe. People at the very least need to be warned about this before similar work is carried out in their backyard as it where.

Whilst the Principal Contractor and DPTI have been regular in providing updates and keeping residents in the Victoria Street vicinity the message has not got to the “other” contractors working on other sections of the line. This is a great way to get a group of residents who have shown understanding and tolerance to a project that should bring long term benefits to this state to term against them like the residents further north. And this is a DPTI responsibility, not their contractors.

And while I am battling this with DPTI (they have offered to check my house damage- not necessary however because I am a building inspector and am happy it is only minor) we get the advice that detours will be required for traffic over Easter when the Emerson Crossing is closed down to replace rails and ballast in that area. A number of people on hearing where they intend to detour are again distressed that DPTI have not consulted and appear not to have given any thought to the implications of the detour routes on local residents.

These people claim that the detours could use South Road, Leader Street and Goodwood Road rather than Leah Street and East Avenue.

Yes, you can be excused for thinking they just don’t get it.

In the meantime Jennie & I continue to have to put other “spot fires” out concerning these rail projects, even though they are not council projects. And some residents are still under the misapprehension that Council have control over what is or is not going on. Depending on how these are handled I may be ptuuing pen to paper very shortly.

Another sick (sorry six) months to go.

An EMail to DPTI

This email is addressed to DPTI with CAG and G-RAG people known to me copied in.
 

It is addressed to DPTI for two purposes

1                     To indicate (as an affected resident) of my absolute displeasure at what recently occurred to my house as a result of the rail corridor works (adjacent gate 39).
2                     To use my experience as a guide for the remainder of works going forward.
I copy in CAG & G-RAG members as a means of ensuring that my message is heard. I truly think this needs to be on your two agenda.
 
So what is going on?
 
Early this week we experienced a roller compacting ballast adjacent us on the west line (we live on the east of the corridor, all but 30 metres from the line). The roller caused significant vibrations in my house according to my wife. The vibrations were (to quote her) like an earthquake, frightening our granddaughter to the point of her running scared to Nanna for protection. They were so severe that she (Nanna) was concerned for their safety, needlessly as it turned out. Pictures on our walls all moved out of alignment.
This work caused new cracking in our house. As a building inspector I note that these cracks are (at least at this point in time) minor. It also caused cracks known to us to increase, albeit not to a point that I would have concern over.
Beyond that I am aware that a neighbour experienced vibrations sufficient to cause objects to fall off their overhead cupboards, supporting my wife’s earthquake theory. Curiously the house in our area closest to the line felt the vibrations but they were not unduly alarmed and have not indicated being aware of any damage.
The problem  firstly is that DPTI were adamant that only those houses with a potential for being impacted on would need dilapidation surveys done and that the relevant home owners would be notified if that potential existed. We weren’t and neither were my neighbours. Little did we realise that the work on our section of the line had the potential to cause what we have experienced. DPTI should have though.
The next issue is that with all the notices going around alerting residents to forward work programming we were not informed about this, and this is clearly the MOST significant and impacting work to be carried out adjacent our house. The workers currently on site thankfully have advised us that the east track is due for ballast supply and compacting on Thursday and Friday of next week.
 
As an affected resident – WE ARE NOT PLEASED at the lack of respect shown us.
As one of the elected members of Unley trying to assist with communications between DPTI and the affected residents I am really concerned that the worst is yet to come with what has been a troubled relationship between the two if lessons are not learnt. From my experience as the compacting of ballast is done adjacent houses much closer to the rail lines than my house. Please DPTI please lift your game. I suspect that life has been so strained in the Goodwood area that other residents have been forgotten, particularly in areas like mine where the relationship has been OK.
 

After all that have a Great Day!

Copy of advice just received from the Goodwood junction upgrade community engagement team

 

 So that you dont miss the opportunity please read.


The following engagement plan has been developed in order to consult communities adjacent to areas where vegetation has been removed or impacted as part of the Goodwood Junction Upgrade. The majority of this vegetation was removed as part of the early works (service relocations) for the project.

Six precincts within the Goodwood Junction Project area have been identified for community consultation in regard to landscaping treatments. Consultation with adjacent and interested residents will be rolled out over the coming months. Vegetation and facilities consultation in relation to Forestville Reserve will be undertaken by the City of Unley.

These zones include:

1:
Cromer Parade – between Chelmsford Ave and Fairfax Avenue (affected by sewer relocation works)

2:
Devon Street South & 37 Victoria Street (affected by Brown Hill Creek Culvert installation works for DPTI/City of Unley and main construction). NOTE: 37 Victoria Street is now DPTI owned private land – planned for redevelopment; however, there is the potential for some landscaping integration here.

3:
Cranbrook Ave / Arundel Ave (affected by TYJV main works and cable installation works)

4:
Aroha Terrace / Railway Terrace South (affected by early SA Power Networks & Telstra service relocation works)

5:
Essex Street South / Railway Terrace South (affected by SA Power Networks overhead works – and opportunities for offset planting in Railway Terrace South)

6:
Cromer Parade between Fairfax Ave and East Avenue – (affected by electrification, Tracksure & TYJV haulage)

The following table outlines the tentative dates for on-street meetings for each precinct. Invitations will be distributed to adjacent residents at least 7 days in advance.
Zone
Location

Date

Time

1

Comer Parade (corner of Chelmsford Avenue)
Thursday, 7 March 2013
5:30pm
2

46 Devon Street South
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
5.30pm
3

Arundel Avenue (corner of Cranbrook Ave)
Thursday, 14 March 2013
5:30pm
4a

Railway Terrace South
Tuesday, 19
5:30pm

Ahead of Schedule

The Word amongst those working on the rail corridor is that the powers to are pleased with the progress and that the project is ahead of schedule.

It is all go. Certainly, in recent times, the work has been frenetic along all sections of the corridor within the boundaries of the City of Unley.

The work around Devon Street and Victoria Street at the northern end of the excavation for the underpass remains the focus of much of the activity. The major excavation  has commenced, at both ends of the underpass.

And work continues at both ends of the corridor between Emerson Station and Clarence Park Station, with excavation at one end and filling at the other end.

Let us hope there are no delays of significance in future because at worst it will, at this pace, finish on time, if not ahead of schedule. This would be welcome news to residents.