Bonbeach Factsheet: Construction
01 Feb 2017
Bonbeach – February 2017
Removing the level crossing at Station Street/Bondi Road, Bonbeach, means less delays and a safer local community.
The rail line will be lowered into a trench and Bondi Road will be rebuilt at its existing level. Bonbeach Station will also be rebuilt. Taking this into account, there will be some disruptions during construction.
Before we can start construction, 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.
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.
What we know so far
Level crossing removal projects are big and complex, but after removing 10 level crossings in the past 18 months, we've developed strategies and tactics to build these projects quickly and efficiently.
While some local disruptions are unavoidable, we will work with our construction partner to reduce impacts as much as we can.
To ensure the safety of workers and people passing through, and to minimise disruptions to the travelling public, some works will be required out of hours when trains are not running.
Construction will impact the Nepean Highway, Bondi Road and Station Street, as well as some adjacent roads. Road closures will occur at times, as will lane closures. Extensive traffic control measures will be used to ensure the safety of local residents and visitors to the area.
There are works happening to remove a total of eight level crossings along the Frankston line so we will aim to coordinate rail disruptions, where possible. Buses will replace trains to keep people moving during the works.
The rail corridor is narrow, and while access to residences and the Bonbeach shops will be maintained during construction, there will be some unavoidable disruption. We will be working closely with directly impacted residents and business owners to minimise these impacts.
More than 45,000 cubic metres of soil, enough to fill 20 Olympic swimming pools, will be removed at the site, which will potentially be stored locally until it can be transported off site by truck. A rail trench also requires the relocation of utility services, such as gas, electricity and communications, that run along the rail line.
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Once on board, our construction partner will develop a Construction Environment Management Plan with measures to reduce disruption, including a residential relocation policy for intensive work periods.
Works will also be timed during non-peak periods where possible. A campaign will run throughout the works to help promote local businesses during construction.
We understand disruptions can be inconvenient, but it's important that the works are carried out safely to remove the level crossing with the least amount of disruption.
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