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.
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).
Given the level crossing is close to the Edithvale-Seaford wetlands, it was important to refer the project to help identify and manage potential impacts to groundwater.
Environment Effects Statement (EES)
The State Minister for Planning has made a decision that an EES is required for this level crossing removal at Bonbeach.
The EES process will focus on the potential effect of the trench on regional groundwater and the wetlands and how these effects can be managed. The EES will also examine the possible presence and disturbance of any acid sulfate soils in the area to make sure there are no unacceptable risks to the environment and community.
The Level Crossing Removal Authority will prepare the EES, which will be assessed by an independent Inquiry appointed by the Minister for Planning. The project will be assessed under a bilateral agreement, meaning that we will prepare one set of planning assessment documentation which will then inform a range of approvals at both the State and Commonwealth level.
Your input will continue to be important, particularly now that an EES is required. We will talk with you more around how you can participate in the coming months.
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|2016||Early investigations and consultation on options|
|2017||Present design solution and refine through community feedback|
|2017||EES decision on Edithvale and Bonbeach level crossings|
|2017 / 2018||EES process, including consultation|
|2019||Tender and construction|
Taking into account the results of community feedback, technical and engineering investigations and environmental assessments, we have determined a trench solution for Bonbeach.
To keep the conversation going, and get your ideas on this project, we will be hosting a number of community forums to help us further refine our design. Watch this space for more information in the coming months.
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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, telecommunciations, 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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