Heatherdale Road Community Update – May 2016
01 May 2016
More than just the removal of the level crossing
We are creating a valuable community asset designed to best meet the needs of commuters and the local neighbourhood.
As well as removing the level crossing, we are building a new state of the art station on the east side of Heatherdale Road and providing a new walking and cycling path.The successful delivery of a project this large and complex depends on quality design, innovative construction and inclusive community participation. Best practice design principles have been applied to ensure:
- connectivity and accessibility
- sustainability and sensitivity to green spaces
- visual amenity
- local culture and heritage inclusiveness.
We are committed to achieving a high quality outcome for the community. The design has evolved over an iterative process to make improvements in response to feedback from the community. The first stage of detailed design is nearing completion.
Walking and cycling path
We are proceeding with detailed design of the walking and cycling path after Whitehorse Council endorsed the alignment. The path forms part of the ten kilometre connection from Box Hill to Ringwood. It will be constructed to connect with the existing path on the north side of Brunswick Road immediately west of Creek Road and future EastLink bridge path.
To connect the community either side of the rail line and minimise tree removal the path has been realigned from the south side of the rail corridor at Purches Street to the north side at Tennyson Street.
Safety is paramount when developing walking and cycling paths. The design of the path separates pedestrians and cyclists from vehicles and includes a bridge over Cochrane Street and the rail line at Purches Street.
A signalised crossing over Heatherdale Road directly adjacent to the Heatherdale Road station entry will provide easy access to the new station.
It is our aim to ensure strong community understanding of the project. We continue to provide information regularly to the community including updates on construction progress, upcoming works, impacts, rail and road disruption and areas of special interest.
Earlier this year members of the project team attended the Heatherdale Community Action Group meeting to present further design details. A free coffee morning was held at the station prior to the March weekend works to inform customers about the project and changes to train services.
We welcome the opportunity to present to interested community groups. If you would like to organise an information session for your group meeting or community event then please contact us.
We realise that construction is disruptive to the community and we aim to minimise impact as much as possible. We thank you for your understanding and patience so far as we remove the level crossing and build a new station at Heatherdale Road.
For you diary
Major construction works are scheduled in early July. During this time Heatherdale Road and the intersection of Heatherdale Road and Forster Street will be closed from 8:00pm Friday 1 July until 5:00am Monday 18 July. Traffic shall be detoured via Mitcham Road or Wantirna Road and Canterbury Road to access Maroondah Highway and via Purches Street to access Forster Street. Buses will replace trains on sections of the Belgrave/Lilydale line from Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 July. Normal train services will resume on Monday 11 July. Construction will include road, drainage, bridge abutment and services relocation works on Heatherdale Road near the level crossing, piling for the new station, station car park upgrades, Purches Street walking and cycling path overpass abutment and embankment stabilisation in the vicinity of the existing station. More details will be available closer to the time.
Works are well on the way for project completion mid-2017. This year we have already progressed with bridge abutment and station piling, installation of underground services route, signalling upgrade, car park reconstruction and drainage works.
Construction accelerates for works throughout the year.
Station and bridge piling commences (foundation works).
Major construction in rail corridor for nine days – Heatherdale Road closed to traffic at the level crossing for approximately two weeks.
Starting late December – major construction in rail corridor and Heatherdale Road closed to traffic (dates to be confirmed).
New Heatherdale Station building opens end January 2017. Train line reopens with trains running underneath Heatherdale Road.
Project complete – including new walking and cycling path, landscaping and upgraded car parks.