05 June 2014
Rail walkway Update
Contrary to the first information that Council received, it is the walkway parallel to the train that has been closed at Goodwood Rd. This structure is attached to the rail bridge and a much more fragile structure, hence the train can pass on it's bridge but the walkway is unsafe. Water has been able to rust the internal wire structure of the concrete blocks and it is this concrete that has fallen onto the road below. The danger presented is to the cars passing under the structure and not for pedestrians using it. DPTI and Council have been in discussion about who is responsible for maintenance and repair, and it would seem that even though DPTI have been using the structure to display advertising that they would have been handsomely rewarded for they believe that an agreement exists (lost in history) that will cause Council to have to bear almost all of the cost of repair. This has been conservatively costed at $60,000. Council will be working to get the repairs done as quickly as possible and, hopefully, by July 1st. In the meantime additional signage will be placed at the closure and at key locations warning of the closure and suggesting alternate routes.