Grange Road, Alphington Community Update – April 2017
01 Apr 2017
Works have now started to remove the dangerous and congested Grange Road level crossing. Once removed, Alphington will be safer, less congested and easier to get around.
You may have recently noticed fencing going up, a new site office taking shape near the crossing, workers conducting geotechnical investigations, and experienced arborists removing select trees and vegetation in the rail corridor.
Innovation to keep trains moving
We will be keeping trains running along the Hurstbridge line during works by building a temporary single railway track on the north side of the existing tracks. Construction of this temporary track, including shifting the boom gates, will occur from October 2017 until January 2018. This innovative approach will minimise disruption to trains and reduce the time required to complete the project.
Sewer and Service Relocation – April to September 2017
What we are doing:
- Relocating services (such as power and telecommunications) and installing a new sewer line along the south side of Wingrove Street, between Fulham Road and Toolangi Road.
This work is required as the existing sewer line crosses the rail corridor at Fulham Road and would be impacted when constructing the rail trench.
Wingrove Street Traffic Changes – April 2017 to June 2018
What we are doing:
- Temporarily making Wingrove Street, between Grange Road and Kelvin Road, a one-way street and restricting parking. Cyclist and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
These changes are required to allow for the relocation of railway power and communications, as well as for construction of the temporary single railway track.
Tree and vegetation removal
We aim to retain as many trees as possible as part of this project, but unfortunately some that are very close to the rail corridor will need to be removed so we can construct the rail trench.
We have worked hard to avoid removing significant and high value trees. We have engaged qualified fauna handlers to inspect the area for animals and nests and relocate them prior to any tree removal starting.
The trees being removed will all be repurposed as habitat, in landscaping as part of the project, or as timber or mulch to be donated back to the local community.
We are also working on landscaping plans incorporating recent community feedback, which will include planting new native trees and shrubs around the level crossing removal site.
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