Clyde Road Berwick community update - August 2019
22 Aug 2019
The intersection at Clyde Road and Enterprise Avenue. Artist impression only, subject to change.
Berwick's new road underpass
We’re removing the dangerous and congested level crossing at Clyde Road in Berwick by building a road underpass beneath the rail line.
Site investigations identified that a road underpass is the best solution for the area. This design will improve local connections for emergency services travelling to the nearby medical precinct, slash travel times for thousands of people going to local schools and tertiary institutes, and ease congestion for the 22,000 vehicles that travel through the level crossing every day.
The design will also minimise disruption to the Pakenham line, allowing train services to run throughout the majority of construction works. The road underpass design takes into consideration the current and future use of the area. It puts safety first by separating pedestrians and cyclists from traffic and the rail line.
We looked at a range of design solutions before determining that a road underpass was the best option. Other designs would have significant impacts to the area, the community and in some instances would take over a year longer to build.
By 2022, emergency services, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists will no longer be stuck at the boom gates.
Why the Clyde Road level crossing needs to go
- 22,000 cars travel through the level crossing each day
- Boom gates are down for more than 30 per cent of the morning peak
- Slash travel times and ease congestion on local roads and freeways
- Improve access and connection to the busy residential, health and education precinct
Pedestrian and cyclist view of the road underpass. Artist impression only, subject to change.
The best solution
What the design solution offers
As part of our preliminary design work, we considered multiple options to remove the Clyde Road level crossing. Technical investigations determined that a road underpass is the best design to remove the level crossing.
Puts safety first
Removing the level crossing creates a safer environment by separating pedestrians from traffic and the rail line. Emergency services, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists will no longer be stuck at the boom gates.
The road underpass is one of the least disruptive ways to remove the level crossing, meaning less lengthy closures of the Pakenham line. Other designs would take up to a year longer in some cases to construct.
Improves traffic flow and travel times
The boom gates are currently down for up to 30 per cent of the morning peak, causing congestion and frustration for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. When removed, the traffic will be able to flow more freely, allowing you to get where you’re going safer and sooner.
A road underpass will not prevent any potential or future road and rail upgrades in the area.
No private property acquisition
A road underpass design means that we won’t have to compulsorily acquire any local homes or businesses.
Other designs would heavily impact Berwick Station. A road underpass means that we don’t have to rebuild or relocate the station, which would mean further disruption.
Creates better walking and cycling connections
A shared use path for walking and cycling will be installed on both sides of the road underpass. We’ll explore additional connections to the station as part of the project design. We’re making sure the community remains connected.
The road underpass is one of the least disruptive ways to remove the level crossing
We’ll work with local hospitals and emergency services, such as Ambulance Victoria and the Berwick CFA to ensure they’re aware of our works in advance to help them maintain their call-out times.
Removing the Clyde Road level crossing will mean that ambulances and fire trucks will no longer get stuck at the boom gates, getting to where they need to go sooner.
Clyde Road, Berwick level crossing.
Changes in the area
When we remove the Clyde Road level crossing, there will be some permanent changes in the area to help improve safety and allow the road to be lowered under the rail line.
Currently, vehicles can turn into Reserve Street from Clyde Road in either direction. Once the road is lowered under the rail line, vehicles will only be able to turn left in and left out.
This will help improve traffic flow on Clyde Road, reducing congestion and ensuring a safe environment for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. This also means that we won’t have to acquire any land from important local businesses.
We’ll make sure to include provisions for the Berwick CFA to access Clyde Road in both directions in the event of an emergency.
Access to Jane Street will be closed from Clyde Road permanently. This is because Clyde Road will be lower than Jane Street once the road is built under the rail line and access will not be physically possible.
Pedestrian access will remain from Clyde Road to Jane Street, helping improve the traffic flow on Clyde Road.
Changes to the way you travel
We'll need to make a few changes in the area to accommodate the road underpass and keep you safe. The map below shows how you will move around the area when the road underpass is complete.
Why other options were ruled out
We looked at a range of designs before determining that the road underpass was the best solution. Other designs were:
Road over rail
- Raising the road over the rail line
Rail under road
- Lowering the rail beneath the road with an open trench
Rail over road
- Elevating the rail over the road
Hybrid rail over road
- Elevating the rail over the road and lowering the road
Detailed engineering and other assessments determined a road underpass is the best way to remove the level crossing because it:
- Minimises disruption with other designs taking up to a year longer to construct.
- Avoids compulsory acquisition of private property.
- Keeps the Pakenham line open during most of construction, with other designs requiring closures of the rail line between Dandenong and Pakenham for up to three months.
- Does not require extensive relocation of the Longford gas main.
- Enables future road and rail upgrades and creates opportunities to create better walking and cycling connections.
- Means no loss of car parking. To find out more about why other designs were ruled out, refer to the Selecting the Best Design fact sheet on our website.
Late 2018– Early 2019
Planning and technical investigations
Find out more about the project
In the coming weeks the community will be invited to come and speak to our project team and find out more about the project. There'll be an opportunity to provide feedback about some aspects of the project, such as local connections and safety.
Community drop-in sessions will be advertised locally, on our website and via our social media channels.
Following our discussions with the community, we will consider your feedback and provide further updates later in the year.
For further details visit our events page.
Who we are
On behalf of the Victorian Government, the Level Crossing Removal Project is overseeing the removal of 75 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne by 2025.
Already, 29 level crossings are gone. Removing the 75 level crossings will deliver:
- More reliable roads and rail – traffic congestion will be reduced, and more trains will be able to run more often
- Improved safety – crossing the railway tracks will be safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
- More opportunities – removing level crossings will enhance and create vibrant areas for retail and residential development.
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Aerial view of the road underpass west. Artist impression only, subject to change.
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