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 more than 12,000 motorists who travel over this level crossing everyday.
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.
The Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, has confirmed that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) will be required for the Edithvale 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 Edithvale.
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 Edithvale.
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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