Abbotts Road is a major road that services Dandenong’s industrial precincts and carries thousands of people to and from work every day. It is also a major access point to the South Gippsland Highway and often suffers long delays with the boom gates halting the many trucks and motorists who use this route. This level crossing has also been the site of tragedy, with two people killed at the crossing in the past seven years.

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Rail bridge design for Abbotts Road level crossing removal

The Cranbourne rail line will be raised over Abbotts Road when the level crossing is removed keeping the road connected to the busy Dandenong South industrial precinct.

The rail bridge design will allow Abbotts Road to stay open permanently, while also minimising disruption for local businesses both during construction and once the level crossing is removed.

In developing and selecting the rail bridge design, we undertook extensive community consultation and a comprehensive assessment of a range of options. The rail bridge option was clearly favoured by key businesses and local industry clustered around the level crossing.

In February 2016, we sought feedback on a proposed option to remove the level crossing by connecting Pound Road West and Remington Drive and closing Abbotts Road. Following strong feedback from the community, a new approach was taken to assess five options to remove the level crossing.

Check out this video to see 3D animation of the rail bridge design and hear what local businesses have to say about the project so far.

We have invited two shortlisted consortiums, one comprising Coleman Rail, Seymour Whyte and Arcadis and the other McConnell Dowell Constructors, Arup and Mott MacDonald, to submit tenders for the western package of works. The successful consortium is expected to be announced early 2017.

The western package of works will start with Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown North with the opportunity to deliver further works including Abbotts Road in Dandenong South, Aviation Road in Laverton, Ferguson Street in Williamstown, and Cherry and Werribee Streets in Werribee.

The project team will continue to work closely with local businesses and the Dandenong South community throughout delivery of the project.

Proposed design

Before and after aerial images of the proposed design

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Ground images of the proposed design

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Mock up of a train travelling over traffic

Urban Design

Community 

Planning approvals

The Level Crossing Removal Authority is requesting that the Minister for Planning prepare a Planning Scheme Amendment to facilitate the delivery of the Abbotts Road level crossing removal project.

We sought public submissions from anyone who wished to make comments or provide feedback on the project.

Submission closed on Friday 25 November and the feedback we received will be incorporated into LXRA's formal request for an amendment.

What planning approvals are required?

Most of the project works will happen within the existing rail and road corridors, and normally wouldn't require a planning permit.

However, the project area extends beyond the rail corridor and therefore may trigger some requirements for permits. To avoid the need for multiple permits, LXRA is seeking an amendment to Greater Dandenong Planning Scheme.

An Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan will also be prepared for the project.

Project updates

We are calling for anyone interested in this level crossing removal to register their interest to receive project updates and notifications of upcoming events and opportunities to get involved. 

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Industry forum

On 21 October 2016, LXRA hosted a second industry forum to update stakeholders on the project,  including the preferred design option for the crossing removal, present engagement findings so far and hear insights from a BLG member's perspective.

The project team also sought feedback from the attendees about two potential bridge structure designs and construction impacts. This feedback will be provided to prospective proponents to inform their bidding documentation to construct the project.

Capire Consulting, who facilitated the workshop, have compiled the feedback in a report. To read the Industry Forum report, click the below button.

View the full Industry briefing - final engagement report

Project development and engagement phases

Phase1 – 'Tell us what is important to you': March – May 2016

What we'll be doing Engagement Tools
  • Listening to the community and industry to assist in the development and assessment of the 5 possible options
  • Identifying the feasible solutions
  • Industry Forum
  • Community information Sessions
  • Newsletter
  • Establishment of Business Liaison Group
  • Key stakeholder briefings

Phase 2 – 'What do you think of our options?': July – August 2016

What we'll be doing Engagement Tools
  • Sharing consultation summary
  • Develop concept designs for feasible options
  • Industry Forum
  • Business Liaison Group Meetings
  • Community information sessions
  • Newsletter
  • Key stakeholder briefings

Phase 3 – 'This is our solution': October – November 2016

What we'll be doing Engagement Tools
  • Design refinement
  • Present consultation outcome and next steps for delivery
  • Industry Forum
  • Business Liaison Group Meetings
  • Community information sessions
  • Newsletter
  • Key stakeholder briefings

* Please note these activities and timing are subject to change

Publications

Abbotts Road Phase 1, 2 and 3 Consultation Report

View all our Abbotts Road publications

FAQs

Why does this level crossing need to be removed?

Every week day, 23,000 vehicles and 120 trains cross over the level crossing on Abbots Road in Dandenong South.

The boom gates are down for around 11 minutes during the morning peak period between 7:00am and 9:30am.  Whilst the duration of closure is comparatively short, the volume of traffic on Abbotts Road results in congestion and traffic queues during peak times.

Safety is a key concern; the duration of boom gate closures can result in risky behaviour from road users trying to 'beat' the red-lights and boom gates to avoid waiting. This problem will be exacerbated as traffic volumes and train frequencies increase into the future.

Two people have been killed at the level crossing in the past seven years.

What are the benefits of removing this crossing?

  • Improve safety by removing the interaction of trains and road vehicles.
  • Create hundreds of jobs during construction
  • Help reduce traffic congestion and allow for future growth
  • No more waiting at boom gates for the 23,000 vehicles that use the Abbotts Road level crossing each week day.

Will you build a station in Dandenong South as part of the project?

There are no current plans for a new station to be built in the Dandenong South in area, however further planning will be undertaken as part of the Metropolitan Planning Authority's planning for the Dandenong South National Economic Cluster.

Will there be any improvements to local transport in the area as part of this project?

Public Transport Victoria is planning a new bus route for the area to be implemented in late 2016, that is planned to use the Abbotts Rd level crossing until the grade separation. It will be a 40 minute seven-day service between Lynbrook Station and Dandenong Station.

Is the closure of Abbotts Road still a possibility?

No – Abbotts Road will remain open. Local businesses, commuters and land owners told us they strongly opposed the closure of Abbotts Road and as a result, we have ruled out that option. 

We recognise the importance of Abbotts Road to the Dandenong South industrial precinct and appreciates it is a key connection, linking large and small businesses to the surrounding freeways.

Why can't you build the Remington Rd and Pound Rd connection and keep Abbotts Road open?

We has been given the responsibility to oversee the removal of the Abbotts Road level crossing. This responsibility directs LXRA to focus on the best solution to remove a crossing, rather than addressing broader transport solutions. For this reason LXRA is unable to deliver two new crossings.