North West Rail Link: Cherrybrook residents fear disruption

RESIDENTS in Cherrybrook have voiced their concerns about how their homes will be affected during the construction of the North West Rail Link.

Tunnelling isn't due to start at Cherrybrook until 2014 but residents around Franklin and Robert roads are worried about excessive noise and traffic disruptions.

The News called a residents action group for Cherrybrook but members declined to comment.

An action group spokesman said several meetings with representatives of the North West Rail Link have been organised to address their concerns. Hornsby councillor Bruce Mills said Cherrybrook will become a noisy and dirty construction zone for up to six years.

"I've said before that I haven't met anyone opposed to more rail services," Cr Mills said.

"My concern is noise levels at neighbouring dwellings and a nearby childcare centre will exceed acceptable noise levels by up to 20 decibels."

A rail link spokesman said regular information sessions are being held.

"More than 500 people attended the eight recent information sessions," he said.

"Given the steep topography of the site, many nearby properties are lower than the construction site. Therefore, the noise walls are designed to lessen the impact on nearby properties as much as possible.

"And wherever possible we will keep the existing trees and vegetation around the perimeter of construction sites to act as a visual screen."

Hornsby MP Matt Kean said the government will be looking to implement viable traffic and noise solutions for anyone affected by construction.

"My door is open to anyone who will be impacted during the construction phase of the rail link," Mr Kean said.

WHAT CHERRYBROOK LOCALS SAID:

Shueta Sharma: ‘‘I don’t think Franklin Road will be able to handle an increase in traffic. It’s a single-lane road with a school on it.’’

Leland Lim: ‘‘I’ll definitely use it and I hope the station adds to my home value.’’

Phillip Flores: ‘‘It’s a big improvement for the area and it will benefit the local schools and residents.’’

Jaya Rattan: ‘‘It’s good it’s being built underground which, hopefully, will minimise noise.’’

Jay Saggerson: ‘‘I’m happy we’re getting a station but the worst part is the construction will go on for a long time.’’

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