Toorak Road, Kooyong community update – July 2019
01 Jul 2019
A contract has now been awarded to get rid of the dangerous and congested level crossing at Toorak Road, Kooyong, one of the 75 level crossings being removed across Melbourne.
The level crossing is being removed by building a rail bridge, which will minimise construction time and disruption to drivers and to passengers on the Glen Waverley rail line.
With 37,000 vehicles using the Toorak Road level crossing each day, the Toorak Road and Monash Freeway interchange is a major bottleneck for traffic travelling to and from the south-east.
After listening to your feedback, we will now deliver a new signalised crossing, aligned with a new Talbot Crescent-Toorak Road intersection on the western side of the new rail bridge.
Site establishment works are set to commence in the coming weeks. This will include creating temporary site compounds at Ferrie Oval and Tooronga Park, and making temporary changes to pedestrian and road access in the local area as part of the project works.
Why the Toorak Road level crossing needs to go
- 37,000 cars each day
- Improve traffic flow on and off the Monash Freeway
- Boom gates are down for 35% of the morning peak
- At least 5 accidents and near misses since 2005
- 150 daily train services, 44 during peak periods
Here's what you told us you want to see
We have had a great response to our community engagement, receiving over 2000 pieces of feedback from almost 500 people. We have held community information sessions, pop-up stalls and had one-on-one meetings with residents.
Safer pedestrian and cycling connections
We heard you wanted better pedestrian and cycling access across Toorak Road, and connections into the area's parklands. We've worked hard to find the best solution, and the design now includes new pedestrian and cyclist traffic lights west of the new rail bridge.
Create activity spaces
You told us you want new activity spaces where people of all ages can rest and play. We are now investigating options based on your feedback.
Maintain local landscaping character
You told us you want landscaping that reflects the area's existing vegetation. We have presented a landscaping plan showing where different kinds of plants will go, based on your feedback. We are currently working to integrate your preferred plant species into the landscaping plan.
We heard that you want the rail bridge to complement the look, feel and colour of the surrounding area, and we have presented colour and texture concepts for the retaining wall and rail bridge. We are now taking your feedback to relevant technical stakeholders to discuss final designs.
We're currently incorporating your feedback into project designs, which will be shared soon.
Why the rail bridge is the best solution for Toorak Road
- Shorter construction time = less disruption to drivers and rail passengers
- Minimal impact on water and drainage flows
- Less disruption to utility services
- Opportunities for new public spaces
- More trees can be planted post-construction
Safer access for Talbot Crescent
We’re ensuring Talbot Crescent will retain left-in and left-out access at Toorak Road. The intersection will be moved further west, to align with the new pedestrian crossing and provide greater opportunities for local residents to exit Talbot Crescent to reach the right-turning lanes from Toorak Road onto the Monash Freeway.
Early works starting soon
Site establishment works form the first phase of construction, ensuring a safe and efficient work environment for workers and for the local community.
In the coming weeks, workers will be visible and moving around the local area to:
- establish temporary site compounds such as offices and storage areas at Ferrie Oval and Tooronga Park, which will be reinstated following project completion
- make temporary changes to road access points, pedestrian crossings and shared use paths
- remove vegetation and install construction fencing.
There are currently no plans to use Patterson Reserve during construction.
Temporary closure of Talbot Crescent-Toorak Road intersection
The Talbot Crescent-Toorak Road junction is expected to be closed between mid 2019 and mid 2020 to safely construct the new rail bridge. All vehicle access in and out of Talbot Crescent will be via Glenferrie Road during this time. There will be traffic management staff and signage in place to assist you in getting around.
Temporary pedestrian crossing and shared use path changes
There will be temporary changes to walking and cycling connections surrounding the level crossing to retain safe connectivity for local residents.
- Toorak Road pedestrian crossings:
The existing pedestrian crossing over Toorak Road (between Tooronga Park and Talbot Crescent) will be moved to the western side of the boom gates (near 1 Milton Parade). The existing east-west pedestrian crossing (across the rail line) will remain open.
- Tooronga Park shared use path:
The shared use path through Tooronga Park will be closed during construction.
Pedestrians will be directed to an alternate route on Milton Parade, while cyclists will be directed to Tooronga Road and the Gardiners Creek trail.