PS:  From The Age –

PPS: Daniel Bowen’s view – from his blog –

No compensation for residents with proposed sky rail tracks above their houses, councillors told

Herald Sun

Councillors in a secret meeting have been told the sky rail proposal will go ahead despite fierce protest.

HOUSES along the planned sky rail in Melbourne’s southeast won’t get compensation once trains run above their houses, councillors have been told.

Level Crossing Removal Authority representatives acknowledged to councillors in Glen Eira that elevating rail lines along sections of the Cranbourne-Pakenham was “unexpected”, but the $1.6 billion project was unlikely to be dumped no matter how fierce community protests became.

A closed meeting was held between councillors and the Authority on Tuesday night, after the Andrews Government revealed details of the sky rail plan on Sunday.

The project will see nine level crossings removed along Melbourne’s busiest train line, with three sections of the track to be elevated to nine metres above the ground.

Residents along the line are outraged, and have expressed alarm about safety, noise, and property values.

But the council meeting was told that families along the train line would not get compensation, and that home values may even increase.

Residents say they were not told of the sky rail plan during consultation sessions last year.

They said that potential bidders had been given a “blank canvas” to design the project, but that community input did influence final design.

But representatives from the Authority said consultation participants had been shown four possible options for removing level crossings, including putting train tracks over roads.