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.
The Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, has confirmed that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) will be required for the Edithvale level crossing removal project.
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.For more information on the design solution, please see our latest Community Update.
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 sulphate 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 scrutinised by an independent Inquiry appointed by the Minister for Planning. View the Minister's EES decision.
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). View the EPBC referral.
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|
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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- Rail noise
- Visual assessment
- Feature surveys
- Car park surveys
- Traffic monitoring and modelling
- Utility investigations
- Geotechnical investigations
- Cultural heritage – Indigenous and European
- Property title survey
- Flora and fauna
- Air quality
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.