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.

Design solution

Lower Plenty Road Level Crossing removal

In 2016, we spoke with you 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 solution responds to the unique environment and topography of the area and the strong desire of this community to minimise the loss of trees from within the treasured Rosanna Parklands.
Construction will start in 2017 and be complete by 2019.

Key benefits of rail bridge are:

  • Eliminated the risk from flooding, which has been an ongoing issue for the area, most recently highlighted during a heavy rain event on December 29, 2016.
  • Smaller construction area.
  • Improved east-west pedestrian connectivity.
  • Minimal impact on the Rosanna Parklands, saving hundreds of trees from being removed.

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

This will continue be a host station, staffed in the morning peak and with facilities such as toilets and bicycle storage.

We've lowered the height of the rail bridge structure, 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 infrastructure will have on the village feel in the Rosanna shopping precinct. This reflects community feedback seeking to minimise the visual impact of the chosen solution.

3D model of the proposed design video

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Image gallery

Before and after image slider of the proposed Rosanna Station

360ΒΊ 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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Community

Community drop-in sessions

We're hosting two community drop-in sessions where members of our team will be able to answer any questions you may have around the design solution for the removal of the Lower Plenty Road level crossing. We'll also have information about the track duplication and new Rosanna Station. These sessions will be held at the Rosanna Cub Scout Hall (enter off the corner of St James Road and Manton Street):
  • Thursday 23 February 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Saturday 25 February 10:00am – 12:00 noon

No RSVP is required, drop in any time.

Drop-in session location map

Join the conversation

We'll also be seeking your feedback on aspects of the design for the station precinct, such as colours and landscaping. 

There will also an opportunity to provide feedback online from Thursday 23 February until Sunday 12 March

We'll continue to provide updates throughout the delivery of the project, highlighting opportunities for your continued input.

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Options assessment and Community Feedback

We discussed design options with the community in September 2016 at a number of information sessions. We also met with local residents, encouraged open dialogue via our online engagement hub, met with councils and community groups, and answered numerous queries via our 1800 number, contact email and social media channels. 

Three design options were presented. Lowering or raising Lower Plenty Road under or over the train tracks were ruled out due to the extensive impact on the area, including acquisition of private properties.  

You can find out more about our investigations into the benefits and challenges of the design options.

We worked carefully through all the feedback to ensure your views have been considered along with the results of our technical and engineering investigations, to determine the best outcome for this level crossing and the community. Feedback from the Rosanna community fell broadly into the five key areas shown below:

What you told us

What we're doing

You wanted to minimise visual impact

  • We've engineered the design to reduce the height of the overall structure and its prominence. We'll continue talking with the community around landscaping options, colour palette, and use of materials that support a look and feel in keeping with the local character.

You wanted to preserve the 'leafy' character and 'charm' of Rosanna and retain native vegetation in the Rosanna Parklands.

  • The rail bridge option minimises the impact on trees in the Rosanna Parklands with around two dozen needing to be removed β€” compared to an estimated 300 under a rail trench option.
  • We can also plant large-growing plants and trees around the rail bridge.

You wanted to preserve privacy

  • We'e minimised the overall height and length of the rail bridge.
  • Privacy screens will be appropriately placed along the elevated section of the rail bridge.

You wanted a safe and accessible railway station

  • There will be new ramps onto the new station forecourt and elevators on each station platform (four in total).
  • There will be improved lighting in public areas.
  • Rosanna station will be staffed during the morning peak.
  • Design will ensure good visibility to discourage graffiti and reduce anti-social behaviours.

You wanted better access between the Rosanna village and community facilities

  • We're removing the existing barrier.
  • Pedestrians will be able to walk from Beetham Parade to Turnham Street.
  • The new station forecourt will also provide greater pedestrian connectivity.

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 the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade

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.

When will the Lower Plenty Road level crossing be removed?

Construction will commence in 2017 and the removal will be completed by 2019.

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 options.

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?

No. All of the new structures will be confined to the existing rail corridor. The new Rosanna station will be constructed on the existing site and 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 reserve.

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

No. All of the new options being considered, 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. Our temporary land use requirements are for things like site offices, parking for workers, and for 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.