The level crossing at Lower Plenty Road is located near Rosanna Station. On a typical weekday approximately 17,000 vehicles pass through the level crossing. Many of these drivers travel through the level crossing during the 7:00am to 9:00am peak, when the boom gates are down for approximately 43 minutes.

Latest news

To allow for works associated with the Lower Plenty Road Level Crossing Removal Project and construction of the brand new Rosanna Station, the existing station will close from Friday 6 October and is expected to reopen in March 2018. To find out more, check out the Construction impacts section below.

Design

Lower Plenty Road Level Crossing removal

In 2016, we spoke with the community about options for removing the Lower Plenty Road level crossing, 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 the level crossing will be removed by building a rail bridge over Lower Plenty Road.

The design responds to the unique environment and topography of the area and the strong desire of the community to minimise the loss of trees from within the treasured Rosanna Parklands.

Construction started in March 2017 and will be completed by 2019.

Key benefits of the rail bridge:

  • Eliminate the risk of flooding, which has been an ongoing issue for the area, most recently highlighted during a heavy rain event on December 29, 2016.
  • A design engineered to reduce the height and length of the overall structure and therefore its prominence, so it has a smaller construction area and less visual impact.
  • Improved pedestrian connection between Beetham Parade and Turnham Street. The station forecourt plaza will also make it easier to move around the precinct.
  • Minimal impact on Rosanna Parklands, saving hundreds of trees from being removed. We can also plant more large growing trees around the rail bridge.
  • Improved lighting in public areas and good visibility to discourage anti-social behaviours.

The design for removing the Lower Plenty Road level crossing also includes a new railway station for Rosanna.

3D model of the proposed design video

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Image gallery

Before and after image slider of the proposed Rosanna Station

360º images of proposed designs

View from the corner of Lower Plenty Road and Ellesmere Parade

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View from the corner of Lower Plenty Road and Turnham Avenue

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Inside the forecourt of the new Rosanna Station

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View from the platforms at the new Rosanna Station

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Construction impacts

Work is ramping up on the removal of the Lower Plenty Road level crossing.

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 complete works safely, train services will be disrupted for approximately one weekend each month. Works will ramp up in October 2017 and January/February 2018, when there will be longer term disruptions to rail services.

To keep up to date with our progress, and all of the construction impacts, sign up to receive regular email updates.

Rosanna Station closure

To allow for works associated with the Lower Plenty Road Level Crossing Removal Project and construction of the brand new Rosanna Station, the existing station will close from Friday 6 October and is expected to reopen in March 2018.

From 8:30pm Friday 6 October to the last service Sunday 15 October, buses will replace trains between Clifton Hill and Macleod.

From Monday 16 October all trains will run express through Rosanna. During the station closure, train replacement bus services will operate between Heidelberg and Rosanna and Macleod and Rosanna.

The brand new Rosanna Station will open to rail passengers in March 2018.

For more information, view the Rosanna Station Closure Questions and Answers.

Disruptions

To minimise disruption, we will only shut the rail line when necessary. Upcoming 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
  • 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
  • from Monday 16 October all trains will run express through Rosanna, with train replacement bus services between Heidelberg and Rosanna and Macleod and Rosanna
  • a longer term temporary shut down of the Hurstbridge Line in January/February 2018 to allow for a major construction blitz.

Current and upcoming changes around the Rosanna area

  • Rosanna Station will close from Friday 6 October until March 2018.
  • The eastern car park at Rosanna Station (adjacent to Turnham Avenue) is closed completely to allow for construction works. Alternative all-day parking will be provided nearby on Ellesmere Parade and Beetham Parade. To find out more, take a look at this map.
  • To allow for construction works, the car park on the west side of Rosanna Station (adjacent to Beetham Parade) will be closed from 1:00am, Thursday 14 September 2017 until late 2018.
  • To provide space for alternative car parks during the works, Ellesmere Parade has become one-way (southbound) between Lower Plenty Road and Davies Street, and will remain in that configuration until late 2018. To find out more, take a look at this map.
  • The speed limit on Lower Plenty Road between Bellevue and Turnham avenues has been lowered from 60km/h to 40km/h. This is to ensure the safety of commuters and pedestrians while large trucks are accessing our project site at Rosanna Parklands.

Local traders will be open during our works, so please support businesses in the area.

For more information, please visit our planned disruptions page.

Publications

To read the latest area and community updates, works alerts on construction impacts, and previous publications, please visit the Hurstbridge  Rail Line publications page.

Community

Stakeholder Liaison Group

We have established 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.

For more information visit our stakeholder liaison group online hub.

Community drop-in sessions

In early 2017 we hosted community information sessions at the Rosanna Cub Scout Hall, providing the community with the opportunity to view and discuss the designs for the Lower Plenty Road level crossing removal and new Rosanna Station. Thank you to everyone who visited and provided feedback, either  at these sessions or online. The submissions period is now closed. We're now analysing the feedback and will soon give you an overview of the results.

Thanks to everyone who joined the conversation on potential urban design solutions for the Rosanna and Heidelberg areas. The responses came flooding in, with 173 print and online feedback forms submitted.

You told us you want to see a design that suits the local area. Other key considerations are accessibility, visual aesthetics, safe pedestrian and bike access, ongoing maintenance and using sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials.

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.

Next steps

Our designers are considering the community's feedback on each of these design elements and will continue to work closely with Banyule 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.

Keep up to date

We encourage anyone interested in the removal of the Lower Plenty Road level crossing to register to receive project updates and notifications of upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.

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Other projects on the Hurstbridge line

The Lower Plenty Road level crossing removal and new Rosanna Station are being delivered in conjunction with the Grange Road level crossing removal and as part of the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade.

Timeline

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Project stage What's involved
2016 – Planning
  • Site investigations
  • Identification of design options
  • Stakeholder engagement
Mid to late 2016 – Options development
  • Community consultation
  • Presentation of options
  • Design options announced
Mid to late 2016 – Procurement
  • Project is put to tender
  • Preferred bidder selected
Early 2017 – Pre construction
  • Contract award
  • Detailed design
  • Enabling works
  • Design announced
2017 – Construction Works commence – ongoing community engagement, project updates
2019 – Completion Project completion

FAQs

What does the Lower Plenty Road level crossing removal project involve?

The project will include the separation of the railway line from Lower Plenty Road to improve safety and reduce congestion. It also includes building a new train station at Rosanna.

Why are you removing the Lower Plenty 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 43 minutes.

Removing the boom gates will mean no more level crossing queues for the 17,000 vehicles that use the level crossing each weekday.

Will you impact the Rosanna train station building?

Yes, a new station will be built at Rosanna.

Will the Rosanna Station continue to be a host station?

Yes, it will continue to be a host station with staff in the morning peak.

Will the new bridge blend in with the existing buildings?

We've lowered the height of the rail bridge, ensuring that both the bridge and the new station will sit lower than the surrounding buildings on Beetham Parade. This will minimise the visual impact the new bridge will have on the village feel in the Rosanna shopping precinct. This reflects community feedback seeking to minimise the visual impact of the chosen design.

When will the Lower Plenty Road level crossing be removed?

Construction commenced in March 2017 and will be completed by 2019.

Will Rosanna Station be closing during this project?

To allow for it to be demolished and rebuilt, Rosanna Station will close at 8:30pm on Friday 6 October and is expected to reopen in March 2018.

During the station closure, train replacement bus services will operate between Heidelberg and Rosanna and Macleod and Rosanna.

For more information, view the Rosanna Station Closure Questions and Answers.

Will the Rosanna Station car parks be closing as part of this project?

The car parks to the east and west of Rosanna Station (adjacent to Turnham Avenue and Bellevue Parade respectively) have closed to allow for works associated with the Lower Plenty Level Crossing Removal Project. The pedestrian crossing over the railway line that links these two car parks has also closed.

These car parks and pedestrian crossing will re-open in late-2018 once the new station has been built.

Alternative commuter car parking will be provided nearby at the following locations:

  • All-day parking on Ellesmere Parade – parking will be available between Lower Plenty Road and Davies Street (over 100 spaces)
  • All-day parking on sections of Beetham Parade

When did design commence?

Design development work started in early 2016, around the same time we started consulting with the community. Feedback from community consultation was used to help develop the design.

Will the level crossing removal result in increased noise from trains?

The project will meet the thresholds set out in the Victorian Government's Passenger Rail Infrastructure Noise Policy. Under this policy, if noise modelling shows that residents living near the new infrastructure will experience an increase in operational noise of more than a few decibels, then we  must consider ways to mitigate the noise.

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 deliver the project.

The Victorian Government has announced that an alliance of Laing O'Rourke, Fulton Hogan and Jacobs has been chosen as the construction partner for the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade, which includes the Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna level crossing removal. The upgrade also includes the removal of the level  crossing at Grange Road, Alphington and the duplication of the Hurstbridge line between Heidelberg and Rosanna stations.

When will you consult with the community regarding this project?

We consulted the community in mid 2016, and early 2017 on the design, including building materials and colours, as well as landscaping and open space.

Does the rail corridor need to be widened to accommodate the works?

No. The new structures will be confined to the existing rail corridor. The new Rosanna station will be constructed on the existing site and within the existing rail reserve. The duplication of the Hurstbridge Line between Heidelberg and Rosanna will be constructed on the eastern side of the existing  tracks, within the rail corridor.

Are you acquiring any properties?

No. As the permanent changes will all be within the rail corridor, there will be no acquisition of property. We will need to use some properties during construction, but this use will only be temporary.

Will the project be using any other land?

Some publicly and privately owned land will be used temporarily during construction. This will be for things such as site offices, parking for workers, and storage of construction materials and equipment. When we use land temporarily we generally enter into a lease with the owner under which we agree  to pay rent and, if necessary, to reinstate the land to its previous condition when we leave.

Will there be any residential or retail developments as part of the project?

As part of the project, we are looking at ways to enhance the Heidelberg Station and Rosanna Station precincts, including residential and retail development, better connections and community spaces.

We'll be talking to the community about future development within these precincts in 2017.