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We're removing 10 more level crossings by 2025, bringing the total to 85 level crossings gone for good.

Rejuvenating Lorne Parade Reserve

04 Nov 2021

We’re removing the dangerous and congested level crossings at Union Road, Surrey Hills and Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert by lowering the rail line beneath the roads in an open trench and building a new premium station with better facilities and more services.

We’re also rejuvenating Lorne Parade Reserve, with new, landscaped gardens and a new playspace – ensuring this valuable piece of open space will serve the community for generations to come.

Preparing the site at Lorne Parade Reserve

We need to close the reserve so we can relocate underground services such as water, electricity and drainage, as well as install new services like the major electrical cables that will connect to the existing sub-station to power trains.

At the conclusion of the project we’ll plant 52,000 new trees, plants and shrubs, including at least 2 new trees in the local area for every tree we remove.

We can’t wait to unveil this new green open space – complete with new playground – when we’re finished removing these dangerous and congested level crossings.

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Audio: Instrumental music playing

Visual: Aerial view of Union Road, Surrey Hills

Text: Union Road, Surrey Hills

Visual: Aerial view of Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert

Text: Mt Albert Road, Mont Albert

Visual: Time lapse photography of traffic movement at level crossing site

Visual: Ground level view of traffic congestion at level crossing as train passes and boom gates are down

Text: Union Road and Mont Albert Road level crossing removal underway

Travis, Deputy Program Director, Union Road and Mont Albert Road Level Crossing Removal Project: We’re removing the level crossings at Union Road in Surrey Hills and Mont Albert Road in Mont Albert by lowering the train line into a trench and building a new premium station that will be safer with better facilities and more services.

Visual: Map of the train line between Union Road and Mont Albert Road showing the location of the trench and new premium station

Text: New premium station, better facilities and more services

Visual: Artist impression of new station concourse and Lorne Parade Reserve.

Visual: View of existing Lorne Parade Reserve next to train line with train passing and close-up views of trees

Travis: We’re also rejuvenating Lorne Parade Reserve with new landscaped gardens and a new play space ensuring this valuable piece of open space will serve the community for generations to come

Visual: Aerial view of excavation site for installation of services, pipes laid

Travis: We need to close the reserve so we can relocate underground services such as water, electricity and drainage, as well as install new services like the major electrical cables that will connect to the existing substation to power the trains.

Visual: View of construction workers on construction site and heavy machinery digging the trench and installation of pipes

Visual: Time lapse photography of heavy machinery loading soil into trucks

Travis: This includes using heavy machinery to dig the trenches for drainage pits and stormwater pipes that are 1.5 metres wide and up to 9 metres below the ground in the reserve.

Visual: Aerial view of crane to build the trench and new station

Travis: We will then use a 600 tonne crane to build the trench and the new station.

Visual: Aerial view of heavy machinery on construction site of trench

Travis: Due to the extent of the excavation a number of trees will be impacted within their root zones and will need to be removed.

Visual: Ground level view of existing Lorne Parade Reserve and traffic

Travis: We understand that trees are highly valued by the community. Crucially we have retained 80% of trees in the project area and have retained as many trees as we can at Lorne Parade Reserve.

Visual: Drawing of outline of trees and shrubs

Text: Over 52,000 trees, plants and shrubs to be planted. Two new trees in the local area for every tree we remove

Travis: At the conclusion of the project we’ll plant 52,000 new trees, plants and shrubs, including at least 2 new trees in the local area for every tree we remove.

Visual: Drawing of feedback form

Text: Thank you for all your feedback

Travis: Thanks for all the feedback you provided on our designs for the rejuvenated Lorne Parade Reserve during our months of design consultation.

Visual: Artist impressions of the new station concourse and open space plans

Travis: We’re really pleased that 70% of you agree we’ve got the balance right between open space and new planting.

Visual: Artist impression of Lorne Parade Reserve plans

Travis: We cannot wait to unveil this new, lush, green open space complete with new playground when we’ve finished removing these dangerous and congested level crossings.

Visual: Aerial night-time view of suburb showing time lapse photography of traffic at level crossing

Visual: White background

Text: Level Crossing Removal Project. For more information visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. Victoria’s Big Build. Victoria State Government

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