Bonbeach Community Update – February 2017
01 Feb 2017
New lowered rail line for Bonbeach
The Victorian Government recently announced we're removing the Station Street/Bondi Road level crossing by lowering the line into a trench and rebuilding Bondi Road at the existing road level. We will also build a new station at Bonbeach.
This means no more traffic disruption and long waits at the crossing, reducing congestion for local residents and traders. It will be much safer without a dangerous level crossing and access in the area will be improved. We will also revitalise the local station area and upgrade connections. While we know it is feasible to build a trench, a key step in the planning process is to refer the project to the State Minister for Planning to consider whether an Environment Effects Statement (EES) is required.
We will soon be talking with you about more detailed aspects of the project including the best places to maintain pedestrian access over the rail line and your ideas for the new Bonbeach Station. Your ideas will help shape the final design.
What the level crossing removal involves
- New Bonbeach train station.
- Improved access to the train station.
- New commuter car park.
- Less congestion – no more waiting at the boom gates will improve traffic flow.
- Improved safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists by separating road and rail.
- Revitalising the area through urban design and landscaping around the station precinct.
Over the past 12 months we've been talking with you about options to remove the Station Street/Bondi Road level crossing. Our technical investigations tell us that it is feasible to build a trench in Bonbeach.
There was also overwhelming community support for this option so we are proceeding with the trench as the design solution. Removing this level crossing provides us with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to revitalise the station precinct and deliver many benefits to those who live and work in Bonbeach.
It means that one of the key factors causing congestion in the area will be gone. We're making it safer for pedestrians, cyclists and thousands of motorists to move around. The removal of this level crossing will transform Bonbeach. There will be opportunities to revitalise the area through landscaping of public spaces and new shared walking and cycling connections in the area.
We want to continue to work with you to ensure that this project helps reach the aspirations you have for Bonbeach as a beachside community.
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The rail trench design solution for the level crossing removal at Bonbeach was based on three main criteria:
- technical investigations
- environmental impacts
- community feedback.
We undertook extensive consultation about the project late last year, with hundreds of people providing detailed feedback about what they would like to see in Bonbeach.
The consultation found:
- support for removing the level crossing
- a general preference for a rail trench
- interest in further community involvement on station design, car parking and planting.
The EES process includes extensive community involvement so we will be talking with you during the next phase of the project about the things that matter to you.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in our consultation on this important project.
|2016||Early investigations and consultation on options|
|2017||Present design solution and refine through community feedback|
|2017||EES decision on Edithvale and Bonbeach level crossings|
|2017/2018||EES process (if required) including consultation|
|2019||Tender and construction|
Snapshot of engagement
- 3140 "Your level crossing" visits
- 194 online forum comments
- 320 survey responses
- 345 people at our community sessions
- 9,686 video views
- 155 phone surveys
- 45 minutes the boom gates are down in the AM peak
- 4,500 vehicles a day travel through Bondi Road
- 210 train services travel through the Frankston line level crossings each week day
What the EES referral involves
We are preparing a referral to the State Minister for Planning to decide whether an EES is required for the removal of the level crossing at Station Street/Bondi Road in Bonbeach.
An EES is an evaluation of the potential significant environmental, social and planning aspects of a project, and the approach to managing those impacts.
It's important that we refer the project for assessment so the right decisions can be made under the relevant planning and environmental legislation. Additional studies may also be required to satisfy national requirements under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC).
Your input will continue to be important, particularly if an EES is required. We will talk with you more about how you can participate if this is the required pathway.
If undertaken, the full EES process can take 12 months or more, and construction cannot begin until the Minister for Planning has completed his assessment and made planning approvals.
Regardless of whether an EES is required or not, your feedback will be provided to the Minister for Planning as part of a formal request to amend the relevant planning scheme.
The amendment would create a site specific control called an 'Incorporated Document' which means the project is formally approved and allowed to proceed.
Where to from here?
A decision from the State Minister for Planning on whether we will undertake an EES planning process is expected over the coming months.
In the meantime, we will be out meeting with locals and community groups to explain more about the project. Please contact us on 1800 105 105 to talk to us about organising a meeting for your group.
We will also be out in the community with our mobile information hub. Please look out for more information as to when and where we will be in the coming weeks.
We're always keen to hear what you think about the project so feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, use our online Q&A tool, or write to us at Level Crossing Removal Authority, GPO Box 4509, Melbourne 3001 to share your feedback and ideas for minimising disruption during construction:
- the look and feel of the local area
- urban design
- parking provision
- wider community feedback or concerns.
We will also be continuing our technical investigations. Reports on these investigations will be available throughout the EES and planning approval process.
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