Station Street/Bondi Road level crossing in Bonbeach provides a major connection to the Nepean Highway, Station Street and the beach. The beach, unrestricted water views and charming seaside village are a major attraction to those who live and visit Bonbeach. The area has a shopping strip along Nepean Highway which includes cafes that attract customers from nearby suburbs. Many commuters walk to Bonbeach Station, which has a small commuter parking strip on Station Street.
The boom gates at Station Street/Bondi Road level crossing are down for an average of 45 minutes during the weekday peak between 7:00am and 9:00am, impacting travel times for thousands of motorists and for all road users. An average 4,400 vehicles use this crossing each day.
We are removing the Station Street/Bondi Road level crossing by lowering the rail line into a trench and building a new Bondi Road bridge at the current road level. We are also building a new Bonbeach Station.
Environment Effects Statement (EES)
We’ve recently started work on a detailed planning study, known as an Environment Effects Statement (EES).
The Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, has confirmed that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) will be required for the Bonbeach level crossing removal project. We have also received a decision from the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy that the project will be a 'controlled action' under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC).
To support community involvement in the EES process we’ve prepared an EES Consultation Plan outlining ways you can be involved. View the EES Consultation Plan.
What's included in the EES?
By lowering the rail line into a trench, there’s the potential to affect local groundwater and the internationally-protected Edithvale-Seaford wetlands. The EES will ensure any possible impacts are identified and managed to keep people and the environment safe.
The EES will focus on the effect rail trenches may have on groundwater and the wetlands. It will also consider potential effects more local to the level crossings, such as amenity, ecology, heritage and business impacts, as well the potential presence and disturbance of acid sulfate soils in the area.
LXRA will prepare the EES to meet scoping requirements set by the Minister for Planning.
The EES will be exhibited for public comment in early 2018.
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|2016||Early investigations and consultation on design options.|
|February 2017||Design solution announced.|
|April 2017||EES decision on Edithvale and Bonbeach level crossings.|
|2017 to 2018||EES process, including consultation.|
|Early 2018||EES public exhibition.|
Thank you to all local residents and business owners who came to our Edithvale and Bonbeach community workshop in September.
Don’t worry if you couldn't make it to the workshop – you can also find information and join the conversation on our online hub.
Our September community update is out now – check it out here.
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Community Reference Group (CRG)
The purpose of the CRG is to ensure that local community members have a voice on issues that affect them throughout the life of the Edithvale and Bonbeach level crossing removal project. The group has no formal decision-making power.
The CRG will assist the project team by:
- providing a local perspective, particularly in relation to minimising construction impacts on local communities.
- bring local knowledge/networks to encourage discussions with interested and affected residents, businesses, interest and industry groups.
- creating opportunities for individuals and groups affected by the project to participate in the projects community events (information sessions/pop ups).
The first CRG meeting was held on 7 September and the second will be held in November.
Community Reference Group Members
- Sonya Kilkenny, MP
- Tim Richardson, MP
- F Milsom
- K Carney
- E Flann
- L Thomas
- M Vinocuroff
- M Hunter
- D Heinrichs
- D Johnson
- I Bradshaw
- P Tilley
- C Bennett
- R Dovison
- P Marsden
As part of the EES process there is further technical work to take place.
This will include a range of onsite investigations, starting shortly with our environmental specialists looking into the soil in the area. Specifically, if there is presence of acid sulfate in the soil and any impact construction work may have.
Service investigations will also take place over the coming months. In preparation for a project such as this, it is important to locate underground services such as gas, water, telecommunications, electrical and sewerage, prior to any construction start.
We will provide up-to-date information when we have specific dates and any impacts that may occur. We endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum and the roads safe, with traffic management in place when required.
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