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Seaford Community Update - July 2017

01 Jul 2017

The level crossing at Seaford Road, Seaford

Constructors bidding for Seaford Road level crossing removal

All systems are go on the Seaford Road level crossing removal project as we look to start construction next year. With the tender process well underway, the Seaford community is now one step closer to having less congestion, improved safety and better local connections.

We're removing the Seaford Road level crossing with a new hybrid design that places the rail line onto a planted embankment and lowers Seaford Road by approximately 1.5 metres.

We're also revitalising the local area with a $10 million package of works.

Search for a constructor

The remaining level crossings on the Frankston line, including Seaford Road, will be removed in stages (packages) so they can be completed as soon as possible.

We've started the tender process for the initial package of works which involves removing the Seaford and Carrum level crossings, building of a new road bridge to connect Station Street over Patterson River, rebuilding Carrum Station and relocating the train stabling from Carrum to a site near Kananook  Station.

Packaging these critical works together will reduce disruption to local residents, businesses and passengers, and means the benefits of this significant project can be delivered sooner.

We will keep you informed as we progress the search to find a successful construction partner who will design, develop and deliver this initial package of works, starting with the removal of the Seaford level crossing and building of the new road bridge over Patterson River in Carrum.

The Seaford Road level crossing removal project is expected to be completed by late 2019.

Community feedback on revitalising Seaford

Earlier this year we hosted a number of community workshops and launched an online forum, asking the community to give us their ideas and aspirations for the area. We had a great turnout of community members wanting to give us their insights into how we can help revitalise Seaford, resulting in more  than 600 pieces of community feedback.

There was large support for the embankments as it helps maintain the green feel of the suburb, along with a preference for native planting. People are also keen to see new community facilities – such as a playground, outdoor exercise equipment and shelter facilities.

We've also received overwhelming support for new walking and cycling connections throughout Seaford, particularly to improve access to Seaford Station and beyond. There was also strong support for a connection under the rail line near Johnstone Street to improve connections between Railway Parade,  R.F Miles Reserve and Seaford Road.

A key consideration for all participants was lighting for underpasses and paths to enhance safety in the area.

There were some concerns about maintenance responsibilities. We know that a project of this size represents a major change and there will be impacts that need to be thoroughly understood and considered.

The feedback we've received will be used during the project's tender and detailed design phase to further shape the project and deliver positive outcomes for the Seaford community.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to engage with us on this important project.

If you would like more detailed information on what we heard from the community, please visit your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/seaford

Key areas of community feedback about revitalising Seaford included vegetation, walking and cycling connections, lighting and safety.

Planning process

We're moving ahead with planning approvals, which includes a request to amend the Frankston Planning Scheme from the Minister for Planning.

Community feedback received also forms part of this planning process and will be used to further enhance the project design, and help inform decision-making about the project. It will also be provided to the Minister for Planning as part of a formal request to amend the Frankston Planning Scheme for  the project.

The proposed planning scheme amendment will apply to land within the rail and road corridors affected by the project as well as the land temporarily required for the project, including access points for vehicles and machinery during construction.

The amendment will put in place site specific planning controls that will allow for the delivery of the project without the need for further planning permits.

Community Reference Group

We're establishing a Community Reference Group (CRG) for the Seaford level crossing removal project to engage local community members on key aspects of the project.

This group will help ensure that locals affected by the project have the opportunity to participate in its development, and provide a local perspective on any project issues, particularly in relation to minimising disruption. The group will also provide input into the development and delivery of the  project.

The group will meet several times in the lead up to the project's construction.

The group will include local community representatives, with the first meeting to be held shortly.

Project timeline

DatePhase
2016 Early investigations and consultation on options.
2017 Present design solution and refine through community feedback. Tender phase.
2018 Construction
Late 2019 Project complete

What's next?

As we prepare for the safe removal of the Seaford Road level crossing, you may have seen a number of our specialists out in the community gathering more detailed information about the project area.

In April we had service investigation specialists in Seaford, locating underground services, including gas, water, telecommunications, electrical and sewerage. This information helps our construction partner plan for any relocation of services, or to avoid them once they start construction works.

Also, with the lowering of Seaford Road by approximately 1.5 metres, we've had surveyors checking the levels of a number of driveways and roads that connect to Seaford Road. This information is crucial as we move into the detailed design phase later this year.

You'll see more of our specialists out on site over the coming months, examining and collecting more information, as we prepare to remove this dangerous level crossing for good.

Workers in the rail corridor at Seaford

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