Bonbeach Factsheet: Overview
01 Feb 2017
Bonbeach is known for its white sandy beach on Port Phillip Bay, which extends from Chelsea southwards to the Patterson River.
The level crossing at Station Street/Bondi Road in Bonbeach provides a major connection to the Nepean Highway, Station Street and the beach. The Victorian Government is removing this level crossing as part of the removal of 50 dangerous and congested level crossings around Melbourne.
The boom gates at Station Street/Bondi Road level crossing are down for an average of 45 minutes during the weekday peak between 7:00am and 9:00am, impacting travel times for thousands of motorists and other road users.
Once the level crossing is removed, the Bonbeach community can look forward to improved safety, less congestion, and a new, modern, accessible train station.
The project to remove the boom gates will involve:
- lowering the rail line into a trench underneath Bondi Road
- rebuilding Bondi Road at its current level
- building a new Bonbeach train station
- building a new commuter car park
- building pedestrian crossings over the rail line.
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.
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.
The Level Crossing Removal Project will deliver many benefits to those who live around Bonbeach and travel along the Frankston line.
- Less congestion – no more waiting at the boom gates will improve traffic flow.
- Improved safety – by separating road and rail traffic the area will be much safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
- Revitalisation – creating new opportunities to improve the station precinct, local connections and shared user paths.
- Boosting the economy – hundreds of jobs will be created during the construction.
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We have been engaging with community members and stakeholders to help us understand what's important to local residents and businesses, and will continue these discussions as the project progresses.
We have offered various forms of feedback opportunities to capture a wide cross-section of the community including:
- community presentations and information sessions
- community group/stakeholder meetings
- online engagement hub
- hard copy feedback forms
- social media
- telephone surveys.
Thousands of people viewed our information and participated in the engagement activities.
During construction, a Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG) will ensure community involvement with the project throughout its delivery.
This will involve discussion on issues such as:
- disruption during construction
- look and feel of the local area
- urban design
- parking provision
- wider community feedback or concerns.
Snapshot of engagement
- 3,140 "Your level crossing" visits.
- 194 online forum comments.
- 320 survey responses.
- 345 people at our community sessions.
- 9,686 video views.