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Union Road and Mont Albert Road community update: July 2019

03 Jul 2019

The dangerous and congested level crossings at Union Road and Mont Albert Road are being removed and will be gone for good by 2025.

The level crossings in Surrey Hills and Mont Albert have seen two serious incidents since 2005 – including a tragic incident in 2016 – and eight recent near misses.

Around 22,000 vehicles travel through these two crossings each day, with the boom gates down for up to 40 per cent of the morning peak and up to 53 trains travelling through the level crossings.

An expected increase in trains running on the Belgrave/Lilydale corridor will result in more boom gate down time. The number of cars travelling through the crossings is expected to grow to more than 26,000 by 2026.

Once these level crossings are gone, the Belgrave/Lilydale corridor will be level crossing-free between Ringwood and the city.

Preliminary engineering advice indicates that the best way to remove these level crossings is to lower the rail line under the roads by building a trench. Our team is getting started on planning works and will soon be on site undertaking site investigations.

Mont Albert Road Level Crossing

*Mont Albert Road Level Crossing.

New stations at Surrey Hills and Mont Albert

The level crossing removal projects at Union Road and Mont Albert Road will deliver new stations at Surrey Hills and Mont Albert. This will result in improvements to car parking, better transport interchanges, new and vibrant entrances and accessibility enhancements.

Project benefits

  • Improve safety for pedestrians and road users
  • A more reliable road network
  • Slashes travel times
  • Creates hundreds of jobs
  • Allows for more trains to run more often

Upcoming site investigations – starting July 2019

To make sure we find the best way to deliver these level crossing removals, our team will carry out site investigations starting in July. The information gathered through geotechnical drilling, engineering assessments and utilities identification will give our engineering team important technical information needed to develop the design.

What to expect

The works will take place in and around the rail corridor from July between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

You may see workers out and about during this time, and small drilling rigs and trucks used for these works.

How this will affect you

A small number of car parks at the Surrey Hills and Mont Albert railway stations may be closed intermittently during these works. In addition, there may be some traffic management measures in place, so please follow signage in the area and the directions of our traffic controllers. You may notice some machinery noise.

Preliminary site investigations will start in July and will continue throughout the year.

*Mont Albert Road Level Crossing.

cars and cyclist waiting at the Mont Albert Road level crossing

*Union Road and Mont Albert Road site investigation area

Union Road and Mont Albert investigation area map

Why these level crossings need to go

  • Approximately 22,000 vehicles travel through these crossings each day
  • Boom gates are down for up to 40% of the morning peak
  • 53 trains during peak periods
  • Two serious collisions and eight near misses since 2005

Opportunities to get involved

There will be multiple opportunities for you to share your views and tell us what’s important to you. Throughout this project we’ll be advertising information sessions, doorknocking homes and businesses, meeting with community and business groups and talking to residents one-on-one.

This engagement will start later this year when we will host community drop-in sessions to understand how you travel around and what you value about your local area.

As our project planning and development progresses we will release early concept designs, and you will have the opportunity to talk to our engineers and provide feedback.

* Union Road level crossing

Cars waiting at the Union Road level crossing

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