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Toorak Road, Kooyong community update – May 2020

11 May 2020

One of Victoria's worst level crossings is gone.

This means safer and less congested travel for 37,000 motorists each day and more reliable services on the Glen Waverley line.

The project recently completed a nine-day construction program to remove the level crossing for good. Crews worked around the clock to remove the boom gates on Toorak Road, install new tracks and overhead wiring on the rail bridge, complete signalling works and connect the rail bridge to the Glen Waverley line.

Train passing over the new Toorak Road rail bridge.

Following the successful construction program, trains returned to the Glen Waverley line on Easter Monday (13 April).

This milestone has been achieved by the dedicated workforce that continued to work safely with strict coronavirus measures in place.

Workers quickly adapted to modified construction activities to allow physical distancing. Extra protection has been provided for workers who need to work in proximity for short periods of time.

Strict protocols are in place to protect the health and safety of workers and the community and are consistent with the advice from the Chief Health Officer.

With major works on the rail bridge now complete, the project is focused on reopening Talbot Crescent and pedestrian and cyclist paths, installing landscaping and completing other open space improvements.

Train passing over the rail bridge.

Why the Toorak Road level crossing had to go

  • 37,000 vehicles used the level crossing each day
  • 150 daily train services, 44 during peak periods
  • At least 5 accidents and near misses since 2005
  • Boom gates were down for 35% of the morning peak
  • Improve traffic flow on and off the Monash Freeway

Tooronga Park landscaping. Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Landscaping

Through careful design, the project has been able to boost plant numbers from 23,000 to 37,000 new trees, shrubs and grasses, including up to 340 mature trees.

Brite Services – a social enterprise – has been contracted to grow all 37,000 plants for the Toorak Road level crossing removal project.

Being a social enterprise, Brite Services supports and empowers people by creating employment opportunities for people living with a disability.

The organisation has been operating for more than 40 years and currently employs over 220 people.

The 37,000 plants will be planted throughout the project area, beginning in September.

Planting by the numbers

  • Up to 340 mature trees, up to 2 metres in height at planting
  • Up to 800 semi-mature shrubs that can grow up to 2 metres in height
  • More than 16,000 plants that can grow up to half-a-metre
  • Up to 20,000 other plants and grasses

Talbot Crescent landscaping. Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Talbot Crescent and Toorak Road intersection landscaping. Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Talbot Crescent realignment and Toorak Road pedestrian crossing

Works have commenced on realigning and reconnecting Talbot Crescent to Toorak Road. This important local road connection is expected to reopen to traffic in June 2020.

Drivers using Talbot Crescent will still have the same leftin and left-out access onto Toorak Road. The intersection is being moved further west to avoid conflict with the new rail bridge and to give drivers a safer opportunity to turn right onto the Monash Freeway from Talbot Crescent.

Pedestrians and cyclists can now enjoy the new pedestrian crossing on the western side of the rail bridge, safely linking users to both sides of Toorak Road.

The pedestrian lights synchronise with the traffic lights at the Monash Freeway intersection to keep traffic flowing. This also provides short breaks in traffic to help people turning onto Toorak Road from side streets.

How you’ve influenced the design

We received more than 2,000 pieces of feedback from almost 500 people during months of community engagement on key elements of the project.

As a result, the project is delivering:

  • Safer pedestrian and cycling connections via a new signalised crossing on the western side of the new rail bridge.
  • New community open space at Tooronga Park, incorporating fitness, play and shaded garden elements.
  • A 1.2 metre-high perforated green screen on the rail bridge to partially shield trains from view
  • Landscaping that incorporates native trees and shrubs.
  • A ‘green buffer’ for Talbot Crescent, where trees and shrubs will screen the retaining wall.

View of the green buffer looking south along Talbot Crescent.

A ‘green buffer’ for Talbot Crescent

Safer pedestrian and cycling connections

Safer pedestrian and cycling connections

1.2 metre-high perforated green screen

1.2 metre-high perforated green screen

Tooronga Park

Tooronga Park is expected to reopen for public use in August 2020, complete with new walking and cycling paths and outdoor spaces.

Tooronga Park open space. Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Getting Ferrie Oval ready for the Gladiators

With over 700 boys and girls, the Glen Iris Gladiators Junior Football Club is one of the biggest sport clubs in the area.

One of their ovals, Ferrie Oval, was used during the construction of the level crossing removal project.

The project team will soon remove the site sheds and the oval’s playing surface is being reinstated so that it is ready to play on next season.

Glen Iris Gladiators Junior Football Club team.

Upcoming disruptions

To safely complete scheduled maintenance works on the new rail bridge and undertake road works for the Talbot Crescent realignment, there will be changes to the way you travel in May.

Toorak Road will be closed in both directions between the Monash Freeway intersection and Elizabeth Street from 9pm Friday 8 May until 5am Monday 11 May.

Buses will replace trains on the Glen Waverley line between Burnley and Darling stations from 11pm Friday 8 May until the last train Sunday 10 May.

Project timeline

DateProgress
Dec 2018 – Feb 2019

Planning and technical investigations

  • Initial planning, site investigations and design assessments
Feb 2019

Design solution confirmed

  • Engaged the community on aspects of the confirmed design
May – June 2019

Refine design elements

  • Tender process to choose a company to design and build the project
Jul – Sep 2019

Contract award and site establishment

  • Awarded contract to a construction delivery partner
  • Site establishment at Ferrie Oval, Talbot Crescent and Tooronga Park
Sep 2019 – Apr 2020 Major construction
April 2020 Level crossing removed
Mid 2020

Tooronga Park open

  • Talbot Crescent realigned and reopened
Late 2020 Planting commences
By 2021 Construction completed

Please note that the timeline above is subject to change.

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