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Victoria’s Level Crossing Removal Authority has chosen to lower the railway to remove the Grange Road level crossing at Alphington, in Melbourne’s north-east.
The state authority was choosing between a number of methods to eliminate the level crossing, which is one of the fifty the Andrews Government has committed to remove.
Four options were considered: a road bridge, a road trench, a rail bridge, and a rail trench.
The authority ruled out the two road-based options in September 2016 as both would have required the acquisition of private properties.
After public consultation, the authority has formally chosen to lower the rail line below the road.
“The decision was made after assessing engineering considerations, community and land use impacts, local topography, environmental impacts, costs, disruption to transport users and construction risks,” the authority said.
“During the community consultation period earlier this year, feedback focused on eight key areas including enhanced connectivity, preservation of visual amenity and vegetation and improved safety – elements which were considered in the development of the design solution.”
The Grange Road removal is part of a package of works on the Hurstbridge line.
The package also includes removing level crossings at Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna, and the duplication of 1.2 kilometres of single track between Heidelberg and Rosanna.
An alliance of Laing O’Rourke, Fulton Hogan and Jacobs has been announced as preferred construction partner for the Hurstbridge line project.
A design solution for the level crossing removal at Lower Plenty Road will be confirmed early 2017.
Road-based options have also been ruled out for Lower Plenty Road, with the authority now deciding between a rail trench, a rail bridge, and a raised rail line with embankments to replace the track section.
Construction on the Hurstbridge line upgrade projects will commence in 2017 and is expected to be complete by 2019.
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