Many people will be aware Metro Trains has been progressing works on the retaining wall at Newmarket Station (east side) in the vicinity of the 100-year old river red gum tree.
Council has worked with Metro Trains to ensure the appropriate work methods are being employed, to protect and preserve this important tree.
Council staff and arborists regularly attend the site*, and are confident there has been no damage to the tree.
Works are progressing well and a new platform wall is taking shape. We understand that Metro will soon be advising of when works will be complete on the east side.
In the meantime, Metro Trains has informed Council it plans to carry out station platform renewal and tree removal work at the Station next week.
As previously communicated, Council and Metro Trains have agreed to the removal of one pittosporum tree under the provisions of the Rail Management Act.
This tree is immediately adjacent to the platform structure. As such no planning permit is required for the removal of the pittosporum tree.
Removal will take place over two nights from 10pm to 5am on Tuesday, 28 April and Wednesday, 29 April. This will avoid the time trains are scheduled to run on the Craigieburn line.
During those times Pin Oak Crescent will be closed between Norwood Street and Racecourse Road and medium – high level construction noise is expected.
We’re continuing to work with Metro Trains to guarantee the survival of ‘Big Red’ the river red gum at the station. We will also work with Metro and the community as planning is further progressed on the Pin Oak Crescent side of the platform.
For further details visit the Metro Trains website or call 1800 800 007.
*Note: the distancing requirements set out by the Government, are observed by Council officers when on-site.