Soil Contamination slows Balaclava station upgrade

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By Alioune Camara

 

Recent upgrades to the Balaclava train station have come to a temporary stop after a routine soil test revealed contaminated soil within the project site. Construction of the $13.3 million dollar project has been put on hold as of July 5th as a safety precaution to workers and the community, so the station can remain functioning.

It’s currently still unknown exactly what the contamination is, but Public Transport Victoria issued a statement assuring the public that the safety of the local community is their number one priority. PTV has said that further testing has been conducted by accredited environmental consultants and that once the results of these tests have been analysed the containment can be managed in accordance to Environmental Protection Authority guidelines.

Until the containment can be managed the project team will continue planning and performing minor works to prepare for the commencement of major construction. It is unknown how long this will take though, or whether the project will still meet the expected March 2014 deadline.

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