It will start to get a bit quieter in the Muswellbrook CBD with work on the Rail Noise Abatement Project getting underway this week.
Site set-up preparations started today ready for the construction of three noise abatement walls along the rail corridor that will reduce the noise of trains and assist in minimising the impact noise on the community.
The 2.4 metre high walls will be at Simpson Park and two along the rail line behind the Campbells Corner precinct at the bottom of Williams St and Brook Street.
Muswellbrook Shire Council was granted $1.95 million from the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Resources for Regions program to undertake detailed investigation, design and construction of the noise walls.
With millions of tonnes of coal passing through Muswellbrook on the railway lines each year it is expected the project will help to alleviate the noise from the trains, open the area to outdoor dining and allow cultural and community events to take place in Simpson Park without interruption.
"It will greatly improve the amenity of the main street and its just another part of trying to make that main street as livable as possible," said Muswellbrook Mayor Martin Rush.
The project is expected to be completed by mid-October this year.
Image credit: Muswellbrook Shire Council