Riverstone residents call for masterplan before decision on rail overpass

Residents have been advised not to protest over the site of the proposed rail overpass in Riverstone without first seeing a NSW government masterplan of the area.

Riverstone-Schofield Chamber of Commerce and Industry acting president Andrew Southwell said the community was divided over the three proposed sites.

‘‘Most are opposed to the proposed site at Garfield Road as it will split the town into two, others want it to be built at Castlereagh Street or Loftus Street,’’ he said.

‘‘We have adopted a wait and see attitude on discovering that trucks from the industrial area will travel through residential areas if Castlereagh or Loftus Streets locations were picked.’’

Mr Southwell said the community should demand a masterplan of the area as there was massive development in the neighbouring suburbs of  Marsden Park and in north and west Riverstone.

‘‘We should know what infrastructure the government will have to tackle the growth as a whole, instead of focusing on Riverstone alone.’’

Mr Southwell called on all residents to attend the February 9 community meeting organised by Blacktown Council at Riverstone Schofield Memorial Club from 1.30pm.

He also wants residents to respond to the Roads and Maritime Services’ preferred two shortlisted choices for a railway overpass at Riverstone to improve safety, reduce congestion and improve travel times.

The RMS options are the Garfield Road and the Garfield Road/Castlereagh Street.

An RMS spokesman said comments should be posted to Riverstone Railway Overpass, Roads and Maritime Services, PO Box 973, Parramatta CBD, NSW 2124 by February 28.

He said comments could also be emailed to: RiverstoneOverpass@rms.nsw.gov.au.

For more information phone 1300367561.

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