John Holland meets with Manilla to discuss viaduct future

NOT BUDGING: Mandy Skewes says Manilla won't want to lose an inch of the town's viaduct.
NOT BUDGING: Mandy Skewes says Manilla won't want to lose an inch of the town's viaduct.

UPDATE: MANILLA have vowed not to let a single inch of the town’s historic viaduct be demolished as the NSW government begins a study into future uses of the local landmark.

A spokesperson for Transport for NSW said it would look for community input on future uses.

“Transport for NSW has commissioned a thorough study into available options for the future management of the Manilla viaduct, including all related constraints and opportunities,” a spokesperson said.

“The work will be carried out by ERM Consultancy in line with the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage requirements and there will be opportunities for the community and other stakeholders to provide valuable input.”

The viaduct will make it to at least 2019 with the findings of the report to be released at the end of this year. 

“Transport for NSW and John Holland Rail will hold regular consultation meetings with the community and other stakeholders to provide updates on the progress of this study,” a spokesperson said.

“The report will be made available to the public towards the end of the year after Transport for NSW has had time to consider its findings.”

EARLIER: MANILLA locals won’t let an inch of the town’s historic viaduct be lost to demolition when they meet with representatives from John Holland Rail on Wednesday night.

It was revealed last year the historic viaduct could be pulled-down with safety concerns raised about the disused bridge which bisects the town.

Mandy Skewes from the ‘Save Manilla Railway Viaduct’ group said John Holland was holding the meeting to garner what the community wanted.

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“Obviously, what we want is exactly same thing we wanted 12 months ago,” Ms Skewes said.

“We want to keep the viaduct in its entirety.

“If they come back with a partial demolition, we won’t be agreeable to that.”

Ms Skewes said the community was considering a number of plans to bring new life to the viaduct including a walking loop around the town.

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