The level crossing at Grange Road in Alphington will be removed by lowering the railway line to pass under Grange Road. Work started in March 2017 and will be completed by 2019.
The Grange Road level crossing removal is being delivered in conjunction with the Lower Plenty Road level crossing removal and the Hurstbridge line duplication as part of the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade.
Works are now underway, with an Alliance of Laing O'Rourke, Fulton Hogan, Jacobs and the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) beginning construction to lower the railway line under Grange Road. To find out more about what's happening, check out the Construction Impacts section below.
In 2016, we spoke with you about options for improving and upgrading the Hurstbridge rail line, as part of the Victorian Government's plan to remove 50 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne.
After a thorough investigation of a number of design options and substantial community and stakeholder consultation, it has been decided that the Grange Road level crossing will be removed by lowering the railway line to pass under Grange Road. Work will be completed by 2019.
Benefits of lowering the railway line include:
- enhanced accessibility and safety, with wider paths and new lighting
- improved traffic flow
- enhanced pedestrian and cycle links, with two new low profile pedestrian and cycling bridges over and along the railway line
- enhanced local amenity.
We're now working on finalising the design, which will be based on the below concepts presented for consultation in February 2017. We'll share the final designs as soon as they're available.
Construction of the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade Project is underway. In August and September 2017, works will include:
- installing a bridge support structure at Grange Road, so construction can begin in early 2018 to lower the rail line under the road
- relocating some existing services (e.g. water, electricity and gas)
- installing a new underground sewer line along the southern side of Wingrove Street, between Fulham Road and Toolangi Road
- installing new overhead structures in the rail corridor
- installing new underground power and signalling wires in the rail corridor between Fairfield and Alphington stations, as well as across the intersection of Grange Road and Wingrove Street
- installing and adjusting traffic barriers and line markings on Wingrove Street
- reducing Wingrove Street traffic to one lane, one way between Perry Street and Grange Road (eastbound) from late August 2017 to mid-2018.
For more information about the location of these works, view our interactive map.
To keep up to date with our progress and all of the construction impacts, sign up to our regular email updates.
Most works are taking place Monday to Saturday during daytime hours (7:00am to 6:00pm), however, some works will need to be undertaken overnight, when, to ensure the safety of our workers and the public, we need to suspend rail services or close roads.
Changes around the Alphington area
- The 508 Bus Stop on Wingrove Street, near Mercil Road, has been temporarily removed until mid-2018. For the closest alternative bus stops, view our interactive map.
- Wingrove Street has been reduced to one lane, one way, between Kelvin Road and Grange Road (westbound). It will remain in this configuration until mid-2018. For more information about the location of these works, view our interactive map.
- The railway pedestrian crossing on Wingrove Street, opposite Perry Street, will be closed from 25 August. The rail pedestrian crossing will be closed until the new pedestrian bridge is constructed in mid-2018. For the nearest railway crossings, view our interactive map.
- The VicTrack pedestrian crossing, opposite Hamilton Street, will be closed from 25 August. This crossing will be closed until mid-2018.
Between now and September, we will be suspending rail services for around one weekend per month. Works are then anticipated to ramp up in October 2017 and January 2018.
To minimise disruption, we will only shut down the rail line when necessary. Disruptions include:
- buses will replace trains on the Hurstbridge line from 8:30pm Friday 6 October to the last service on Sunday 8 October 2017, between Clifton Hill and Greensborough
- Grange Road will be closed at the level crossing from 9:00pm Friday 6 October to 5:00am Monday 9 October. During this time, Wingrove Street, Fairfield will be closed to vehicles between Perry Street and Fulham Road, and Ravenscourt Place, Alphington will also be closed to vehicles
- buses will replace trains on the Hurstbridge line from the first service Monday 9 October to the last service on Sunday 15 October 2017, between Clifton Hill and Macleod
- a temporary shutdown of the Hurstbridge Line in January/February 2018 to allow for a major construction blitz
- traffic modifications when necessary to ensure the safety of the public and our workers.
Buses will replace trains during these times. For more information, please visit our planned disruptions page.
Note: Works may be carried out on the Hurstbridge line by other projects, unplanned works, or as part of regular maintenance and renewal programs. For journey planning and service disruption information,visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007.
To read the latest area and community updates, works alerts on construction impacts, and previous publications, visit the Grange Road publications page.
Stakeholder Liaison Group
We are establishing a stakeholder liaison group (SLG) to engage local representatives and experts to help drive key aspects of our work and ensure strong community influence on issues such as:
- minimising disruption during construction
- look and feel of the local area
- urban design
- any wider community feedback or concerns.
The Level Crossing Removal Authority would like to thank all those who lodged an application to represent their community on the SLG.
Nominations are now closed, and the project team is reviewing applications received. All those who lodged an application will be informed of the outcome in the next few weeks.
For more information visit our stakeholder liaison group online hub.
In early 2017 we hosted community sessions at the Fairfield Library, Fairfield Farmers Market and the Alphington Bowls Club for the community to view, discuss and share their thoughts on the design to lower the railway line under Grange Road.
Thanks to everyone who joined the conversation on potential urban design solutions for the Grange Road area. The responses came flooding in, with 127 print and online feedback forms submitted.
You told us you want to see a design that suits the local area. Other important considerations were visual aesthetics, sustainability in materials used, and incorporating native trees.
To view the consultation results in more details, visit our publications page.
If you would like to see all of the design options we took to the community earlier in the year, they can still be viewed at our online engagement hub.
Join the conversation
We have created an online hub where you can provide feedback on the project, download fact sheets and participate in discussion forums. We're currently asking people what they think of their suburb, open space options and new ways we can communicate with the community.
Our designers are considering the community's feedback on each of these design elements and will continue to work closely with Darebin City Council and key stakeholders to determine how it can best be applied.
In the coming months, we look forward to sharing how your feedback has further helped shape the final design.
Keeping up to date
We encourage anyone interested in the removal of the Grange Road level crossing to register to receive project updates and notifications of upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.
Other projects on the Hurstbridge Line
2016 – Planning
Mid-late 2016 – Options development
|Mid-late 2016 – Procurement|
|Early 2017 – Pre construction|
2017 – Delivery
Works commence – ongoing community engagement, project updates
|By 2019 – Completion||Project completion – trains run under Grange Road and services resume|
When will the Grange Road level crossing be removed?
Construction started in March 2017, with the removal expected to be completed by 2019.
When will the design be finalised?
The design option for removing the level crossing was announced in December 2016. We are currently developing associated design elements including the pedestrian bridges, the colours and materials to be used in construction and the landscaping and open space options, which have been informed by community feedback. Once the designs have been finalised, we'll share them with you.
What is an Alliance?
Under an alliance contract, a state agency (in this case the Level Crossing Removal Authority) works collaboratively with private sector parties to develop designs and to deliver the project.
When will you consult with the community about this project?
Community consultation for the planning phase of this project was conducted between March 2016 and March 2017. With the project now in construction there will be further opportunities to consult the community, including the establishment of a community reference group.
What does the Grange Road project involve?
The project will include the separation of the railway line from the road level to improve safety and reduce congestion.
Why are you removing the Grange Road level crossing?
The level crossing is a major congestion point for thousands of motorists each day, particularly during the weekday morning peak between 7:00am and 9:00am, when the boom gates are down for around 40 minutes.
Removing the boom gates will mean no more level crossing queues for the 22,000 vehicles that use the level crossing each weekday.
The level crossing adds to congestion woes also experienced by motorists at the nearby Chandler Highway in Kew, which has consistently topped the RACV Red Spot Survey since 2006.
Will the level crossing removal result in increased noise from trains?
Any impacts on noise will depend on the final design chosen. Noise assessments will be carried out before construction starts. The project will meet the thresholds set out in the Victorian Government's Passenger Rail Infrastructure Noise Policy.
How can I stay up to date on the level crossing removals? Will I be notified about works that directly affect me?
You can keep track of progress here on our site, where you can also sign up to receive email updates about specific level crossing removals, or by connecting with us on social media.
Local residents, businesses and other stakeholders will be kept up to date during the project through a range of:
- letterbox drops and doorknocks
- community information sessions and pop ups
- local newspaper advertisements
- social media
- onsite information boards and station posters
- 24-hour information lines during construction.
Will you impact the Fairfield or Alphington train station buildings?
No, the site in Grange Road, Alphington is between Fairfield and Alphington stations and there will be no impact to the stations.
Will the Grange Road works conflict with VicRoads' Chandler Highway Upgrade?
Works will be coordinated with the nearby Chandler Highway Upgrade to minimise disruptions to the community as much as possible and to provide a good, considered outcome which significantly enhances transport benefits in the local area.
Will the removal of the Grange Road level crossing preclude the potential removal of the Station Street level crossing?
No. The Grange Road level crossing removal does not preclude the potential for the removal of the Station Street level crossing in the future.