Edithvale Road in Edithvale runs from the Nepean Highway to Wells Road, where it becomes Springvale Road, and cuts through a busy residential area. It is also the main thoroughfare for a local school, recreation areas, a public golf course and the Seaford/ Edithvale Wetlands.

The level crossing at Edithvale Road is located between Station Street and the Nepean Highway. The boom gates are down for an average of 42 minutes during the weekday peak between 7:00am and 9:00am, significantly impacting travel times for thousands of motorists and causing frustration for all road users and particularly those using the level crossing to access The Esplanade.


We are removing the Edithvale Road level crossing by lowering the rail line into a trench and building a new Edithvale Road bridge at the current road level. We are also building a new Edithvale Station.

We know a trench solution is feasible but a key step in the planning process is to refer the Edithvale 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 the level crossing removal at Edithvale Road in Edithvale. 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.



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 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.

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

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


Contact our project hotline: 1800 762 667
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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

As part of our planning works, geotechnical investigations will continue on the Frankston line. Geotechnical investigations provide important information about the physical properties of the soil and rock and the water table.

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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