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.
We are establishing a community reference group 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.
LXRA is seeking nominations from members of the community who feel they are able to represent their local area during the removal of the Grange Road level crossing. Submissions close on Friday 2 June. To nominate or for more information visit our Community Reference Group online hub.
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 May and June 2017, works will include:
- removal of vegetation and trees between Alphington Station and Station Street, Fairfield
- more geotechnical investigations in the rail corridor using a drilling rig to gather soil samples from underground
- investigations of existing services (e.g. water, electricity and gas) and the relocation of some services
- establishing the work site, including parking for workers, on vacant VicTrack land off Hamilton Street and at 205 Wingrove Street Fairfield.
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), but some works need to be undertaken overnight. To ensure the safety of our workers and the public, there will also be times when we need to suspend rail services.
To facilitate these works, there will also be truck movements in some residential streets from 14 May to 20 May 2017. For more information on where these activities will be taking place, see our interactive map.
Current and upcoming changes around the Alphington area
- Establishing site facilities. For more information about the location of these works on VicTrack land, view our interactive map
- Installing a new sewer line underground along the southern side of Wingrove Street, between Fulham Road and Toolangi Road. For more information about these works, view our interactive map
- Removing the 508 Bus Stop on Wingrove Street, near Mercil Road, temporarily until mid-2018. For the closest alternative bus stops, view our interactive map
- Reducing Wingrove Street traffic to one lane, one way, between Kelvin Road and Grange Road (westbound) from 25 May to mid-2018. For more information about the location of these works, view our interactive map
- Reducing Wingrove Street traffic to one lane, one way, and removing on-street parking on the south side, between Perry Street and Grange Road (eastbound) from late July 2017 to mid-2018. For more information about the location of these works, view our interactive map
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:
- 8:15pm Friday 23 June 2017 to first service Monday 26 June
- 8:15pm Friday 14 July 2017 to first service Monday 17 July
- 8:15pm Friday 18 August 2017 to first service Monday 21 August
- a temporary disruption to weekday and weekend services from Sunday 1 October to Monday 16 October 2017
- a major construction blitz in January 2018
- traffic modifications when necessary to ensure the safety of the public and our workers.
Residents and commuters close to the works will receive notices leading up to these shutdowns.
For more information, please visit our planned disruptions page.
To learn more about the flora and fauna investigations and heritage assessments conducted, or the construction impacts, please visit the Hurstbridge Rail Line publications page.
In late February 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. Thank you to everyone who visited and provided feedback, either at these sessions or at our online hub. The submissions period is now closed. We're now analysing the feedback and will let the community know how it helped shape the final designs
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.
We'll be finalising the design, and highlighting how the design was influenced by community feedback. We will also be continuing construction and, in mid-2017, will begin our community reference group meetings to help drive key aspects of our work.
Keeping up to date
If you're interested in the removal of the Grange Road, Alphington level crossing, sign up for email updates to receive all the latest news and notifications of upcoming opportunities to get involved.
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, and we are now analysing feedback from the community on design elements including the pedestrian bridges, the colours and materials to be used in construction and the landscaping and open space options. 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.