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Kororoit Creek Road Community Update – June 2016

01 Jun 2016

We've been listening

Since February this year, the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) has been talking and listening to the community about the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing removal project, the development of its design, how we can deliver the project and how to reduce impacts to the area during construction.

We've gathered plenty of feedback at drop-in sessions, train station pop ups and through our website and social media channels.

As we analyse your feedback, we have been noticing some themes in what you've told us and felt it was important we explain how they are shaping the project design.

The Altona loop

We've heard loud and clear from the community about the need to plan for the duplication of the Altona Loop. We agree that while we're disrupting train services with the construction of this level crossing removal, it makes sense to look at further opportunities to improve the loop.

Your top three

From what you've told us, these are the top three issues in relation to the removal of the level crossing at Kororoit Creek Road:

  1. Duplication of the Altona Loop
  2. Reduced travel time
  3. Safety

These will be key considerations as we refine the design.

We're starting to duplicate the loop!

In response to community feedback during consultation for the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing removal, we've had conversations with Public Transport Victoria regarding opportunities to further improve the Altona loop.

We are happy to announce we are duplicating the Altona Loop between the Werribee Line junction and Kororoit Creek – about 800 metres of double track including a widened rail bridge to accommodate both tracks. During delivery of this exciting project, Public Transport Victoria will undertake planning  and environmental studies into the duplication of the rest of the Altona Loop.

This initial duplication will provide an opportunity for trains on the loop to pass and therefore help to improve the reliability of the service, reducing delays and the probability of trains bypassing the loop.

What we've done

Following early planning to inform what options were feasible for removing the level crossing, we arrived at 'rail over road' as the preferred solution.

This will involve construction of a rail bridge over Kororoit Creek Road to carry both the existing and new duplicated track. This may require an extended rail closure, of up to 90 days, but we are currently working on ways to reduce this time to ensure the contractor achieves the shortest possible disruption.

Why rail over road?

The Kororoit Creek Road site is unique and there were numerous factors leading to this preferred solution, including:

  • critical oil and fuel pipelines underground – assets and access points for the Mobil refinery constrain where and how deep we could dig
  • high water table – taking the road or the rail underground in a cutting would create difficulties in flood prevention
  • environmental conditions – a high likelihood of contaminated land, which adds complexity and risk
  • access to businesses and local roads – a road solution would necessitate cutting off direct access to Racecourse Road as well as a number of businesses on Kororoit Creek Road
  • no land acquisitions needed in this solution.

What's next?

Timeline

  • Drop in sessions in June
  • Release of Expressions of Interest late 2016
  • Awarding a contract by first half 2017
  • Commencing work mid 2017

With some clear themes coming through consultation, including the public interest around duplication of the Altona Loop, the project team will continueto progress the design.

We will now be duplicating the line as far as Kororoit Creek and Public Transport Victoria will investigate long term plans for further duplication works.

Consultation has given us a stronger appreciation of the level of concern within the community around a proposed extended closure of the line during construction. Through the tender process we'll ensure the preferred contractor works towards minimising this closure to lessen the impact on commuters.

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