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.

Design

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.

We know a trench solution is feasible but a key step in the planning process is to refer the Bonbeach level crossing removal project to the Minister for Planning, who will determine if an Environment Effects Statement (EES) is required.

Given the level crossing is close to the Edithvale-Seaford wetlands, it is important to refer the project to help identify and manage potential impacts to groundwater.

For more information on the design solution, please see our latest Community Update.

Environment Effects Statement (EES)

We are preparing a referral to the State Minister for Planning to make a decision on whether an EES is required for this level crossing removal at Bonbeach. An EES is an evaluation of the potential significant environmental, social and planning aspects of a project, and the approach to managing those impacts.

We expect a decision from the Minister over the coming weeks. View the full EES Referrals.

Additional studies may also be required to satisfy national requirements under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC). View the EPBC referral.

Your input will continue to be important, particularly if an EES is required. We will talk with you more around how you can participate if this is the chosen pathway.

Timeline

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Date Stage
2016 Early investigations and consultation on options
2017 Present design solution and refine through community feedback

EES Timeline

Date Stage
2017 EES decision on Edithvale and Bonbeach level crossings
2017 / 2018 EES process (if required) including consultation
2019 Tender and construction

Community

Community engagement

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our consultation during 2016. 

Taking into account the results of community feedback, technical and engineering investigations and environmental assessments, we have determined a trench solution for Edithvale.

Online engagement hub

Visit our community engagement hub and provide your feedback on the Bondi Road, Bonbeach level crossing removal project.

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Your level crossing

Email

Email us at contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

Phone

Contact our project hotline: 1800 762 667
Translation service: for languages other than English: 9280 0780

Next steps

While we wait for a decision on whether an EES planning process is required, we will be out meeting with locals and community groups to explain more about the project. Please contact us on 1800 762 667 if you would like to talk to us about organising a presentation for your group. 

Our technical investigations, such as geotechnical drilling, will also continue along the project area and beyond.

Technical work

We are undertaking a range of technical investigations as part of our detailed planning work. These investigations include:

  • Rail noise
  • Visual assessment
  • Feature surveys
  • Overshadowing
  • Car park surveys
  • Traffic monitoring and modelling
  • Hydrology
  • Utility investigations
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geotechnical investigations
  • Cultural heritage – Indigenous and European
  • Property title survey
  • Flora and fauna
  • Air quality

Works update

Geotechnical investigations

We are undertaking a range of technical investigations as part of our detailed planning work. These investigations include:

What we are doing

A sample of soil will be taken using drill rigs, with cores samples being 100 millimetres in diameter (around the size of a DVD) and to a depth of up to 40 metres.

At each level crossing removal location, multiple soil samples are required, so drilling will take place at a number of sites within each area. The position of drill holes is affected by factors such as safe access for workers and equipment, as well as the location of existing underground cables and pipes.

What to expect

The works will require the use of a drilling rig and vehicles and there may be low level noise. Once tests are complete, drill holes will be filled in and the drilling area returned to its original condition as far
as possible.

Access to local businesses and residences will be maintained at all times.

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We will keep you informed about the project and its progress via website updates, social media, regular email bulletins and letterbox drops, local newspaper advertising, onsite information boards and community information displays.

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