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Federation Trail closure extended

There is bad news for riders on the Federation Trail with a temporary six-week closure being extended an extra three months.

The closure at Truganina has a detour, but it is lengthy, taking riders a considerable distance out of their way.

The trail will remain closed between Banfield Court and Palmers Road until mid-March, 2022.

The trail has been closed for sewage services to be provided to a future $70M industrial estate adjacent to the trail.

It is particularly galling that the closure remained in place during the Christmas-New Year break when no works were taking place, and rider numbers would be high.

Admittedly, the works are complex, involving the installation of sewer outfall, which will include deep trench excavation to 5m, underground boring, manhole installation and laying of the sewer main.

It was deemed that keeping the trail open would not be feasible. The open sewer trenches up to 5m deep in some areas were said to pose a significant safety risk if the path was to remain open to the public during the works.

However fences have been cut and the community have been accessing the works area in any case.

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