The level crossing removal authority have released design options for the next eight projects along the Frankston line for community feedback during September and October – come along to one of 12 information sessions or visit Your Level Crossing to join the conversation.
Technical investigations have been undertaken at these eight sites for many months, some of which are among the most complex in Melbourne due to the narrow rail corridor, high water table, and proximity to the bay and Nepean Highway. Options that have been investigated include building a rail bridge, building a rail trench, building a road bridge, or building a road trench.
At the five separate level crossings in Mentone, Cheltenham, Edithvale, Bonbeach and Seaford, we are seeking community feedback on rail trench and rail bridge options under active consideration.
At Cheltenham’s Charman Road, both options under consideration for removing the level crossing include the removal of an additional crossing at Park Road, further improving safety and reducing traffic congestion. Either option may require land acquisition and we’ve begun contacting potentially affected residents and businesses. We’ll continue working with landowners throughout the planning process.
Experts have identified significant environmental challenges at Edithvale, Bonbeach, and Seaford related to regional groundwater flows and the potential to affect the Ramsar-listed Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands. As a result of expert advice, we will make a referral to the Minister for Planning to consider an Environment Effects Statement at these sites.
In Carrum, options include building a rail bridge over a new crossing at Macleod Rd – the main thoroughfare – with either a rail bridge or closure of Eel Race Road crossing, and the closure of Station Street crossing. A rail trench is not an option at this site because of the proximity to the Patterson River. A new road connection of Station Street over the Patterson River is also being considered at this site.
At Skye Rd in Frankston, a rail bridge is the only option due to the overland flood plain.
Community engagement, and further technical and environmental investigations will contribute to the recommended designs for each site, which will be finalised in late 2016/early 2017. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018.