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More connections for the heart of Chelsea

27 Aug 2020

Chelsea locals will be even more connected to their most loved community spots, with a new pedestrian bridge to be built across the rail corridor as part of level crossing removal works.

We’re removing three level crossings in Chelsea with a rail trench and building a brand-new station, which will feature more bicycle facilities, improved walking and cycling paths and better connections to the heart of the Chelsea activity centre.

The addition of a new pedestrian bridge as part of these works is with thanks to Kingston City Council who have contributed $750,000 to make it happen.

The new 6.8 metre pedestrian bridge over the rail corridor will provide an east-west connection between Chelsea Road and The Strand creating safer pedestrian access to local shops, the beach and public transport.

The design of the pedestrian bridge has been developed in partnership with council and will include ramps, feature lighting, community seating and landscaping. The iconic Chelsea heritage clock tower will also take pride of place in the new precinct.

Early works to remove five level crossings at Edithvale Road, Swanpool Avenue, Chelsea Road, Argyle Avenue and Bondi Road by lowering sections of the rail line have begun, with major works to ramp up early next year.

More than 27,000 vehicles use the five dangerous and congested level crossings across Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach each day, where boom gates can be down for up to 40 per cent of the morning peak, clogging streets and frustrating locals.

When the rail trench is complete in 2022 the five crossings will be gone for good and the new road connection between Thames Promenade and the Nepean Highway will create a direct connection to major arterial roads, including the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and future Mordialloc Freeway.

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