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We're removing 10 more level crossings by 2025, bringing the total to 85 level crossings gone for good.

Hallam Road community update – September 2019

14 Oct 2019

We’re removing the dangerous and congested level crossing at Hallam Road, Hallam, with a new rail bridge, which will improve traffic flow, reduce travel times and improve safety.

We will deliver a new Hallam Station and improved bus, cycling and pedestrian connections around the station precinct.

The design will enable more train services to run in the future and improve connectivity and travel times between Cranbourne, Spring Square and Hampton Park Town Centre. It also caters for current and future needs by enabling the final section of Hallam Road to be duplicated in future.

The Hallam Road intersection currently sees more than 20,000 cars and trucks using the level crossing every day, with boom gates down for more than a third of the morning peak.

The rail bridge design will slash travel times, improve connectivity, improve safety and support the local economy and jobs Early works are expected to commence in 2020, with the level crossing to be removed by 2022.

Aerial view of the new Hallam Station design. Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Improving the Pakenham line

The Pakenham Line is one of Victoria’s longest and busiest rail lines, with Metro Trains Melbourne, V/Line trains and freight trains all using the corridor.

The Government is investing over $15 billion on projects to run more trains on the Pakenham line.

These projects include:

  • Metro Tunnel Project – more trains more often on the Pakenham line
  • Removing 17 level crossings, with 9 already gone
  • 65 new high capacity trains, which will start running on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines first
  • A brand-new Pakenham Super Station, with more car parks and bus connections
  • A third track through Pakenham to help both regional and metro trains run more often
  • Increased Power and Signalling to run more trains

These projects will create room for 121,000 extra peak passengers every week on the Pakenham line. Travel times will be slashed by up to 50 minutes a day with the removal of level crossings and the introduction of the Metro Tunnel.

Why a rail bridge for Hallam Road?

Engineering assessments found that a rail bridge is the best and least disruptive way to remove the level crossing.

Other designs we considered would have significant and detrimental impacts on the local community, businesses and transport networks throughout the area, as well as taking up to a year longer to construct.

Each level crossing has its own set of characteristics to consider when preparing to remove it. There are several key criteria we use to decide if a design should be investigated. Environmental, technical and community considerations all contribute to the design put forward.

The following factors are considered:

  • Traffic movements
  • Disruption to train services and road users
  • Surrounding residential land use and impact to retail areas
  • Impacts to utilities and services
  • Ground and environmental conditions
  • Land topography and waterways
  • The environmental impact of the design
  • Construction impacts
  • Whether we will need to acquire commercial or residential properties
  • Impacts to vegetation

Other Design Options

The following is a summary of designs that have been ruled out because of impacts to the community, businesses and transport connections in Hallam.

Rail under road

Lowering the rail under the road would:

  • Create flooding risk due to a high watertable and local hydrology
  • Impact commuters by shutting the Pakenham line for up to three months
  • Impact station car parking
  • Have environmental impacts on the nearby Hallam main drain

Rail under road

Road under rail

A road underpass would:

  • Create flooding risk due to a high watertable and local hydrology
  • Require compulsory acquisition of nearby businesses
  • Impact access to surrounding businesses
  • Impact station access from all modes of transport (car, bus, walking, cycling)
  • Remove bus stops adjacent to the existing station
  • Have environmental impacts on the nearby Hallam main drain

Road under rail

Road over rail

A road bridge would:

  • Require compulsory acquisition of nearby businesses
  • Impact access to surrounding businesses
  • Impact station access from all modes of transport (car, bus, walking, cycling)
  • Remove bus stops adjacent to the existing station

Road over rail

Ways to get involved

The project team will seek feedback from the community on what they value about the area and how they move around it. The project will also be seeking feedback on landscaping, local connections and urban design.

The community will have an opportunity to speak to our engineers at upcoming community drop-in sessions.

Community drop-in sessions will be advertised on our website and via our social media channels.

Online feedback can be submitted at your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

Benefits of removing the level crossing

  • A more reliable road network
  • Improving safety for pedestrians and road users
  • Improving connections and slashing travel times
  • Creating hundreds of jobs and supporting our freight industry
  • Allows for future transport upgrades

Clearing crossings from the Pakenham line

Hallam Road is one of 17 level crossings that have been or will be removed on the Pakenham line. This will improve congestion and safety for all those traveling from the south-eastern suburbs.

Project timeline

DateProgress
Late 2019
  • Community engagement and project planning
From 2020
  • Community engagement on key elements of the design
  • Detailed designs confirmed
  • Contract award and early works
  • Finalise detailed designs
  • Construction commences
2022
  • Level crossing removed

View the PDF version of this community update PDF, 1.5 MB.

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