Bondi Road, Bonbeach

Artist impression of Station Street/Bondi Road, Bonbeach, rail under the road.

Works to remove the Bondi Road level crossing will start in 2020.

The level crossing will be removed by lowering the rail line into a trench and building a new road at the current level.

The removal of this level crossing will include the construction of a new Bonbeach Station.

The boom gates at the Bondi Road level crossing are down for an average of 45 minutes during the morning peak, when up to 30 trains run through the crossings. Current network plans to increase the number of trains running on the Frankston line, means more boom gate downtime.

The Edithvale–Bonbeach level crossing removal project was subject to an Environment Effects Statement (EES) process, due to its proximity to the Edithvale–Seaford Wetlands. In September 2018, the Minister for Planning’s Assessment of the EES for Edithvale and Bonbeach found that the rail-under-road option would not threaten the wetlands.

Construction starts next year and all the level crossings from Edithvale to Bonbeach will be gone in 2022.

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Works to remove the Bondi Road level crossing will start in 2020.

The level crossing will be removed by lowering the rail line into a trench and building a new road at the current level.

The removal of this level crossing will include the construction of a new Bonbeach Station.

The boom gates at the Bondi Road level crossing are down for an average of 45 minutes during the morning peak, when up to 30 trains run through the crossings. Current network plans to increase the number of trains running on the Frankston line, means more boom gate downtime.

The Edithvale–Bonbeach level crossing removal project was subject to an Environment Effects Statement (EES) process, due to its proximity to the Edithvale–Seaford Wetlands. In September 2018, the Minister for Planning’s Assessment of the EES for Edithvale and Bonbeach found that the rail-under-road option would not threaten the wetlands.

Construction starts next year and all the level crossings from Edithvale to Bonbeach will be gone in 2022.

For regular information about the progress of this project, sign up for email updates.

Have a question about the level crossing removal in Bonbeach?

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  • Access to the beach via "The Glade". I live on Station Bonbeach and often access beach via pedestrian crossing to the Glade Please advise latest details on this access to the " The Glade" Casey

    casey asked 14 days ago

    Hi Casey, the pedestrian crossing at The Glade will be removed as part of our works. You'll be able to cross the rail line at the new Bonbeach Station, which is moving further south, closer to Monica Avenue. We will also be installing new pedestrian operated lights to make it safer for pedestrians to cross Nepean Highway and get to the beach.

  • Hi Into year 4 of this project and we still dont know what its going to look like.... How about some new artists impressions, is that possible?? thanks in advance

    steven asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Steven,

    Thanks for your feedback. We know the Edithvale and Bonbeach projects were announced a few years ago and it seems like a long time. 

    We’ve been getting great feedback from the community on the look and feel they want in their local station through our online feedback form. This feedback is being reviewed and we’ll have images of the station designs out soon. 

    If you haven’t already, you might want to sign up to our e-updates to stay up to date on the project: https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe

  • Hi we purchased a unit 24 golden avenue bonbeach last year. There were some other units we liked better but we loved that there was a pedestrian crossing at the end of ours street as we love the beach so we bought this one. Recently I heard that it is getting removed for good. I’m not happy as where the sky rail there are plenty of places to cross. I want to know what we can do to reinstate the crossing. Thanks Russell

    Russell Bankier asked 3 months ago

    Hi Russell, thanks for getting in touch.

    The Golden Avenue pedestrian crossing will be closed as part of the level crossing removal works. There are several pedestrian crossings over the rail line that do not connect with traffic signals on Nepean Highway, making those crossings dangerous as people dash in front of cars to cross the road. To make the crossings safer, all pedestrian crossings over the new rail trench will align with nearby traffic signals on the Nepean Highway. 

    While Golden Avenue will be removed, the nearby railway pedestrian crossing at Broadway Avenue will be maintained at ground level and moved 25 metres to the north. This means you will only have a short walk to the next crossing to get to the beach. 

    We also acknowledge your preference for an elevated or rail over road solution. In determining design, there was detailed planning and technical work to identify the risks and opportunities at each level crossing removal location. A number of options were investigated for the level crossing removals from Edithvale to Bonbeach including rail over road. The decision to lower the rail into a trench at Bonbeach provided a solid technical solution that was strongly supported by the local community.

  • Will the pedestrian crossover opposite the end of Golden Avenue Chelsea/Bonbeach be retained for access to the beach.

    Sharcou asked 4 months ago

    Hi Sharcou, thanks for your question.

    The Golden Avenue pedestrian crossing will be closed as part of the level crossing removal works. There are several pedestrian crossings over the rail line that do not connect with traffic signals on Nepean Highway, making those crossings dangerous as people dash in front of cars to cross the road. To make the crossings safer, all pedestrian crossings over the new rail trench will align with nearby traffic signals Nepean Highway. 

    While the crossing at Golden Avenue will be removed, if you are heading to Chelsea, the crossing at Argyle Avenue will still be there, and if you are heading south, the nearby railway pedestrian crossing at Broadway Avenue will be maintained and moved 25 metres to the north, which means you will only have a short walk of approximately 175 metres.

  • I walk every day several times from Golden Avenue to the beach and cross the railroad track at the Goden Avenue pedestrian crossing. Whether or not that crossing to Golden Avenue remains. To me as an elderly person, that transition would be very lacking. Please tell me it stays. (:

    Senada asked 4 months ago

    Hi Senada, thanks for your question.

    The Golden Avenue pedestrian crossing will be closed as part of the level crossing removal works. There are several pedestrian crossings over the rail line that do not connect with traffic signals on the Nepean Highway, making those crossings dangerous as people dash in front of cars to cross the road. To make the crossings safer, all pedestrian crossings over the new rail trench will align with nearby traffic signals on the Nepean Highway. 

    While the crossing at Golden Avenue will be removed, if you are heading to Chelsea, the crossing at Argyle Avenue will still be there, and if you are heading south, the nearby railway pedestrian crossing at Broadway Avenue will be maintained and moved 25 metres to the north, which means you will only have a short walk of approximately 175 metres.

  • Hi! I'm just wondering when the Bonbeach works will commence? As a neighbour within the vicinity of a few houses from the station I cannot wait for the trains to go underground. Stef.

    Stef asked 9 months ago

    Hi Stef, we are on track to remove the level crossings at Bonbeach and Edithvale. We finalised the Environment Effects Statement (EES) in December 2018 with the tick of approval from the State and Federal Environment Ministers. We can now proceed with a rail under road solution as it will not threaten the Ramsar-listed Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands. 

    While the EES process has been finalised, there is still more work to do before we can get the construction crews out on site. This includes further planning and design work and awarding a construction contract. After that, we can get cracking on removing the level crossings at Bondi Road and Edithvale Road. We anticipate that construction will take around 18 months and be complete no later than 2022. 

    To keep up to date with both projects, you can sign up for email updates at: levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe

  • Before christmas the yellow posters at Edithvale and Bonbeach stations stated work beginning 2019. Now this has been changed to say works completed by 2022. Why has this been delayed?

    steven asked 10 months ago

    Hi Steven - our Environment Effects Statement process only wrapped up in late 2018. This confirmed that the rail trench can go ahead at both locations. We are still on track to start digging, but before that we need to do more planning and design work and, importantly, award the construction contract. Construction will take around 18 months and be complete no later than 2022.

  • Hi Into year 3 of this project and we still dont know what its going to look like.... How about some new artists impressions, is that possible?? thanks in advance

    steven asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Steven, thanks for getting in touch.

    The Edithvale and Bonbeach level crossing sites are both subject to an Environment Effects Statement (EES) process, which is currently underway. 

    Once this process is complete we'll be able to provide more detailed designs to show the community what the projects could look like. For more information about the EES process, visit our website at https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/media/publications/ees 

  • Hi Can someone please explain how im reading in the press and state gov press release (19 Dec) that Bondi Rd/ Station St crossing will be removed along with the carrum/seaford crossings in 2018? This information and community consultation is a disgrace, how can we trust or believe anything you say? What happened to the due diligence of the EES, or is it another stuff up? not happy...grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    saints74 asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi there, Unfortunately there was an error in the original media release and it should have referred to Mascot Avenue, Bonbeach rather than Station St/Bondi Road, Bonbech. This has now been rectified and an updated version is available. We do apologise for any confusion caused. The EES for Edithvale and Bonbeach is in development and is expected to be exhibited early in 2018. https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/getting-it-done-removing-frankston-line-level-crossings/

  • Hi the first question of your newest survey asks which best describes you? business owner, public transport commuter, motorist, local shopper, beach visitor, local worker, cyclist. what about the humble local resident? All who are existing in or belonging to the area that you are talking about. If anything I would have hoped we were foremost in the LXRA planning dept. So my question is are the Bonbeach and Edithvale CRG represented and informed with local residents? If not... how can we get involved? regards

    steven asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Steven, thanks for your question. The first question in the survey is for your postcode, which lets us know where you live. Please be assured local residents are very much the focus of the team working on the Bonbeach and Edithvale level crossing removal projects. CRG members are locals representing community, businesses or organisations in the area.

  • Is it possible that during construction of a trench that vibrations could cause damage to nearby property? Such as cracks in walls and ceilings?

    BLT asked about 2 years ago

    Hi BLT, thanks for your enquiry and sorry for the delay in responding. As part of works we offer pre-construction property condition survey to properties within 50 metres of where construction is taking place. We also offer post-construction property condition surveys at the request of local residents if they believe there has been damage caused by the project. We hope this helps.

  • Reading down the letters, which are very valid from users, I find it hard to believe that Chelsea is not included. All crossings down that line from Mordialloc are dangerous and Chelsea no less. Also delays at any of these crossings should be avoided with removal of all crossings along the line. Over the years I have travelled Nepean Hwy and Station Street more times than I can remember. Now that my Mum has gone and family at Chelsea/Seaford live away from the area I won't travel as much but I do feel for those that do and serious accidents and deaths at these crossings over the years. Chelsea is the busiest shopping centre on Nepean Hwy in terms of businesses, people and cars wanting parking.

    moviepas asked about 2 years ago

    Hi moviepas, 

    Thanks for your question. Unfortunately the Chelsea level crossing isn't nominated for removal. 

    While we'd love to remove all of the level crossings around Melbourne, we need to focus on the 50 nominated for removal by 2022. There are a number of factors considered when assessing level crossing removals, including congestion, safety and overall economic benefits. 

    It's helpful to know where people are having frustrations so these crossings can be considered in future.

  • Hello, the info on this site says a community reference group has been formed for bonbeach and Edithvale, and a local representative has been picked. Also, there has been a community meeting already, and the site says to get in touch with the CRG. I can't find anything online about the bonbeach CRG, who I can speak directly to in the group, what was discussed in the last meeting or when the next one will be. Can you provide details? Thanks

    NathanR asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Nathan,

    The CRG members are all from within the local Editvhale and Bonbeach community. They represent the local community's perspectives and come from a range of diverse backgrounds. 

    The next meeting is scheduled for 9 November. If you have specific questions about the project, please feel free to contact us on 1800 762 667 so that we can assist. 

  • Hi again, just further to the queries and response to the removal of the Broadway/Wellwood Rd pedestrian crossing, I had a look at the plans provided and it seems that if a pedestrian crossing was to be included for Broadway/Wellwood Rd, it would have a much smaller footprint than the Golden/Chadwell crossing which has a 5 metre height and 230m length. As the train line is lowering, the height of Broadway/Wellwood would be 2.5 metres and the length under 100m making it a much shorter and easier crossing. Also due to the low height, pedestrians would not be high enough to overlook anyones backyard like the Golden/Chadwell may at 5 metres. Although the car spaces would have to be shifted to accommodate, you wouldn't actually lose any spaces. I have included a link to the plans where I have overlaid a pedestrian overpass for Broadway/Wellwood based on the footprint of the proposed Golden/Chadwell pass. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3Ov4aRRE25LdE5ZZENIMEVwbTg/view?usp=sharing Thanks Nathan

    NathanR asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Nathan,  Thanks for your illustration. The ramp orientation you have shown would likely require safety barriers because of the close proximity of the Nepean Highway and the landing of the ramp is facing oncoming traffic. There is not enough room for these safety barriers.  Additionally, the ramp must be designed to be DDA compliant. If you flip your orientation the other way the ramp would be as big as the proposed ramp at Golden/Chadwell. We are proposing to consolidate the two pedestrian level crossings into one to reduce the visual impact of two large ramps. We propose the Golden/Chadwell pedestrian crossing as our pedestrian counts done in the height of summer and in winter 2016 show this crossing was used twice as much as Broadway/Wellwood.

  • I am most impressed with how this is coming along - the design suggests this will be a true asset for our growing community. May I share one suggestions? The selling off of local houses for bulldozing and development and the rapid increase in growth of two, three, four and even more townhouses on a block necessitates that we maximise parking; already there would be 25 or more cars a day parked on local streets near the station. I would love to see the design provide parking for up to 100 or more cars.

    Warrenb asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Warren, thank you for getting in touch and for your appreciation for how the project is coming along. At this point in time we have committed to no net loss of carparking at the site.

    While increased parking is always in high demand, this particular corridor is very narrow which restricts the ability to increase parking while also considering key features that we know are important - like vegetation.

    We'll shortly publish a survey on our site where you can provide additional feedback on the concept designs. Please check back soon to complete the survey. 

  • Hello, there is currently a crossing near Wellwood Rd, which provides excellent access to the wetlands for dog walking and riding bikes with young kids, and in the opposite direction for residents down Broadway to access the beach. Will there be a replacement crossing or overpass in the same position for the same access?

    NathanR asked about 2 years ago

    At this early stage of the design process, we are proposing to consolidate the Broadway/Wellwood and Golden/Chadwell pedestrian crossings into one safer elevated level crossing. This elevated crossing will have ramp access to connect Golden Avenue and Chadwell Grove and will be accessible for those in wheelchairs or with prams and bikes. The ramp structure will be approximately five metres at the highest point and 230 metres long. Pedestrians who need to access either Broadway or Wellwood can choose to use the Golden/Chadwell crossing or choose to cross at Bondi Road. We are currently seeking feedback on the pedestrian and cycling facilities and a survey will be available on our website in the coming weeks providing the opportunity for more feedback. Keep an eye out for the survey here https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/bonbeach.

  • Hi, why has the pedestrian crossing at the end of Broadway in Bonbeach been removed in the crossing update? That crossing it used so much and walking to Golden Ave with little ones will be a nightmare, it will also create an bottleneck on the beach. How can we get this crossing saved?

    Ali asked about 2 years ago

    At this early stage of the design process, we are proposing to consolidate the Broadway/Wellwood and Golden/Chadwell pedestrian crossings into one safer elevated level crossing. This elevated crossing will have ramp access to connect Golden Avenue and Chadwell Grove and will be accessible for those in wheelchairs or with prams and bikes. The ramp structure will be approximately five metres at the highest point and 230 metres long. Pedestrians who need to access either Broadway or Wellwood can choose to use the Golden/Chadwell crossing or choose to cross at Bondi Road. We are currently seeking feedback on the pedestrian and cycling facilities and a survey will be available on our website in the coming weeks providing the opportunity for more feedback. Keep an eye out for the survey here https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/bonbeach.

  • Hello I was told at an information session a couple of months ago that it was possible to have an underpass rather than a pedestrian overpass at the golden avenue end of the trench solution and that there was a precedent for an underpass in Carrum. Can you please confirm this for me?

    kilbrogan asked about 2 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question.

    A safe pedestrian underpass at Eel Race Road, Carrum is possible as the rail corridor is wide enough to ensure appropriate sight lines into the underpass for the safety of users and DDA compliant ramps either side of the corridor.

    At Bonbeach, the rail corridor is just too narrow to facilitate an underpass at either end of the trench solution. The Bonbeach concept design does reflect an elevated pedestrian structure, with DDA ramps to allow safe crossing of the railway line for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Hello can you please make it clear what is happening with Chelsea given that Bonbeach and Edithvale will be in a trench does it mean that it will be a roller coaster effect between Bonbeach and Chelsea. It would seem much more sensible to have the trench included in the Chelsea station area

    cheryl asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Cheryl, thanks for getting in touch. We're removing 50 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne, however Chelsea has not been included.

    This will mean the proposed trenches at Edithvale and Bonbeach will return to ground level either side of Chelsea, however the gradient of the trainline is not expected to cause any concern for passengers travelling along the line.

  • What are you using to absorb the sound of the tracks - I owned the house on the corner of Bondi and Station st and the Noise was unbearable Will you be using sound absorption panels between the tracks and side wall and or rail dampener ? This tunnel will be like a speaker box and sound will boom out of it

    mattsynnes asked over 2 years ago

    Hi mattsynnes, thanks for getting in touch.

    In relation to noise, the project must comply with the Victorian Passenger Rail Infrastructure Noise Policy (PRINP). To enable us to do this, acoustic specialists undertake background noise measurements and build a noise model to predict changes to noise based on detailed design. The acoustic specialists will then analyse the model outputs to ensure mitigation is undertaken if required in line with the PRINP.

    It's also important to keep in mind that with the removal of a level crossing, noise will no longer be made by trains sounding their horn as they pass through the level crossing, along with the removal of frequent and loud noise from the boom gates.  

  • I would like confirmation that a sky rail will not be put along the train line at Edithvale. I am looking at buying a property on Station street and all the information states the line is being lowered, however I would like confirmation please. Rebecca

    Rebecca Reid asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Rebecca, that's right - the design for this level crossing removal lowers the rail line into a trench, which runs under Edithvale Road, and includes a new station at Edithvale. We are currently preparing an Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the project, with works expected to start in 2019.

  • Hi Bonbeach & Edithvale crossings are now in tender. Your project timeline estimates tender and construction in 2019. Is the works being brought forward? thanks

    steven asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Steven,

    We've started the tender process on the Frankston Line, known as the Southern Program, with the initial works package. This includes the removal of the Seaford Road and Carrum level crossings, as well at the Patterson Bridge project and relocating the strain storage from Carrum to Seaford. 

    The Edithvale and Bonbeach crossing removals will form part of an additional works package, along with Cheltenham and Mentone, following the initial works. We are currently preparing a detailed study plan, known as an Environment Effect Statement (EES), for the Edithvale and Bonbeach projects. Given the close proximity to the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands, the study will ensure we minimise any impact these level crossing removals will have on the environment. This is a 12-18 month process, and once complete we can move into the construction phase in 2019. 

    Thanks for your question.

  • Whilst I very much appreciate the planned trench & removal of the level crossing at Bondi st due to a previous fatality rather than congestion, with all due respect, the community has clearly voiced frustration that Argyl st crossings congestion is the community's priority. How can we best voice our concerns to hopefully push this to be addressed? Has it been considered that with the removal of the level crossing at Bondi st/Bonbeach station, there will be increased congestion (as we avoid argyl st level crossing), which could negatively affect safety issues for pedestrians/train passengers in the area.

    dani22 asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Dani,

    Thanks for your question. The level crossing at Argyle Ave is not part of the 50 we've been tasked to remove. However, our traffic modelling shows that removing the Bondi Street level crossings will ease congestion there, and in the surrounding area, by promoting more efficient traffic flow. Grade separating the road and the rail will also make it much safer for drivers and pedestrians. 

  • We live at 569 Nepean Highway Bonbeach. Will the railway line opposite be at road level or in the trench? Where approximately will the rail come up to the road level? Thank You

    james ware asked over 2 years ago

    Hi James, 

    The railway line opposite your property will still be in a trench, making its way back up to road level just before Breeze Street. 

    You can view the Bonbeach roll plot map which has information on the depth at each location here: https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/bonbeach/documents/51406/download 

  • Hi Your answer contradicts previous consultation. The EES wouldnt have any impact on the design solution which was being carried forward. Now is this design solution on hold pending EES outcome? Seems very vague for a multi million dollar infrastructure project. And yes ive already subscribed for updates thanks. Lets hope they materialise in greater detail SOON.

    steven asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Steven, 

    We are moving forward with the trench option at Bonbeach. There are a number of elements that we would look at in more detail as part of a planning process – such as the locations of pedestrian bridges, landscaping and design of the station. As we work these details out during the planning phase, we'll be able to provide better visuals. Sorry for the confusion! 

    Should an EES be required, it does take some time to complete – there are many elements including preparing the documentation, public exhibition and a formal hearing process. It includes extensive community involvement. 

    You can find out more about the EES process here: https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/environmental-assessment/what-is-the-ees-process-in-victoria

  • Where does the rail trench end and the bridge to the Paterson River begin please and how high will be the first pylons be on the northern end of the bridge on the Bonbeach to Carrum section, please?

    Rosalie asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Rosalie,

    Thanks for your message. 

    The Bonbeach trench ends at around Breeze Street, where the rail returns to the current level. The rail bridge across the Patterson River will remain untouched and the rail will then start to rise on the south of the Patterson river towards Carrum. The new road bridge over the Patterson River will be built to tie in to the existing levels of Station Street on both sides of the river. 

    Please find below a link to both the Bonbeach and Carrum project maps which should help with your questions.

    https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/bonbeach/documents/51406/download

    https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/carrum/documents/51697/download 

    If you need any further clarification please don't hesitate to ask. 

  • Hi Can we see some more detailed images for this massive project? One image makes it hard to envisage. Thanks

    steven asked over 2 years ago

    Thanks for your query and interest in the project, Steven.

    We are just at the concept stage at this point so while we don't have any detailed images of how the trench will look, it's something we'll be focussing on for the next stages of the project. 

    We're also awaiting a decision from the Minister for Planning regarding our planning approval process so this will also help to determine how we proceed from here.

    Thanks again and be sure to subscribe for our email updates to stay informed on the project http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe

  • Quite a bit late to the survey, but contrary to the solution announced, rail over is the only sensible option. The railway and the local streets are close to sea level and the railway will go over at Seaford and Carrum.

    Myrtonos asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Myrtonos,

    After extensive technical investigations and community feedback the decision has been made to move ahead with the trench option. We do appreciate you sending through your feedback.

  • Am wondering why this crossing is being done when it is not a major bottleneck while Mordialloc is not being mentioned. The crossings at McDonald and Bear Streets and Station Street are horrendous in peak 'hour' (it goes for hours) and yet nothing seems to be planned for that. My belief is that the line should be either elevated or put in a trench virtually from the Melbourne side of McDonald Street to after the Station Street intersection. Between the Station Street intersection and Aspendale Station it is already elevated. Could you please advise if there are any plans to deal with the problems around the Mordialloc area?

    Piscesff asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for your message. 

    The Victorian Government has tasked the Level Crossing Removal Crossing with removing 50 level crossings across Melbourne by 2022. Locations were chosen on a range of factors including safety, traffic volumes and congestion, and alternative routes available. 

    While the Mordialloc crossings are not part of the 50 we've been asked to remove, it's important to know where people are having frustrations so they can be considered for the future.

  • Hi I frequently use the pedestrian crossing at the Bonbeach Aged Care Facility, and then use "The Glade" to visit the beach. Where will the new pedestrian crossing be located?

    Casey asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Casey, 

    Thanks for getting in touch. The pedestrian crossing near to The Glade will be replaced by a pedestrian overpass. The exact location is still to be determined - this we are asking for community feedback on - but will be in the same vicinity.

  • Why is Bondi Rd being altered when Argyle av is not? It is 50% busier and more dangerous. I beleive addressing this issue is a priority as the traffic congestion will still be an issue at the traffic lights prior to Argyle av. The Argyle av crossing is one of the main cross overs servicing Chelsea shops.

    Mark asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Mark. 

    Thanks for your question. The Level Crossing Removal Project involves the removal 50 level crossings across Melbourne, and whilst we would love to get rid of all the crossings, Argyle Ave is not one we've been tasked with removing. There are many factors the Government take into consideration when choosing which crossings to remove, including safety, congestion, traffic volumes and wider traffic flow. In saying this, the removal of the Bondi Road level crossing will not preclude any future works on other crossings nearby, such as Argyle Ave.

  • At the eastern end of the trench, ie closest to carrum is there a footbridge over the trench therefore still providing access to the beach via The Glade. If so will the bridge merely span the trench or is it not logical to span the bridge over Nepean highway also.

    Dan asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Dan, 

    Thanks for your message. 

    We will reinstate access over the trench by building pedestiran overpasss - we're keen to hear feedback on the best locations for these. Whilst it would be great to extend the overpass over the Nepean Hwy, there is generally not enough space to bring the overpass down on that side of the road. We will, however, be working with VicRoads and the Council to find the safest solutions for crossing the highway.

  • With construction at Bonbeach & Edithvale now pushed back to 2019 am I right in saying the frankston line will be shut for grade separation in 2018 for the other crossings then shut again for Bonbeach & Edithvale in 2019? Wouldnt the sensible thing be to remove all at the same time?

    steven asked almost 3 years ago

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for getting in touch. 

    There will be different construction timelines for the crossing removals. While they will all be kicking off in relatively quick succession, we do need to follow due process, with the planning approvals and timeframes/notice periods for landowners affected by acquisition. 

    We understand disruptions are inconvenient, and we'll certainly be working hard to remove the crossings with the least amount of disruption.

  • I would like assurance from the LCA that restricted parking signage will be erected down the side streets that run of Station Street near Bonbeach Station. In particular York Street, Bondi Road and Breeze Street. While I am sure the LCA is providing ample parking at Bonbeach Station, a deterrent, such as limited time parking signage MUST be installed in these residential streets mentioned. I, like the majority of residents in York Street, are frustrated daily at the level of cars parking in the street (train commuters) now. What we want from the LCA is a guarantee that signage will be implemented to deter this activity. The last thing the local residents want is for the LCA to provide 100 car spaces at the new Station, but 150 cars using the station and surrounding streets on a daily basis.

    xenwhy321 asked almost 3 years ago

    Hi xenwhy, 

    Thanks for your message. As part of the level crossing removal project at Bonbeach, we will be building a new station car park deck over the trench. As the corridor is narrow between the Nepean Hwy and Station St, we will be reinstating the same number of car parks as are currently there. 

    We work closely with VicRoads and the local council, as the operators and maintainers of the roads, who look at issues such as traffic management and car parking and will address these issues as the project progresses.

  • This is clearly a waste of money for a traffic flow that is two thirds less that other crossing along the Frankston line. The funds should be diverted to Glenhuntly were the tram cross the railway which is high risk activity. The train slows down for approx 1km in each direction to cross at approx 20kph. There is never any traffic congestion at Bonbeach this is clearly political.

    Phillip asked almost 3 years ago

    Hi Phillip, 

    The 50 level crossing removals were chosen on a range of criteria including congestion, safety and traffic flow along the corridor. We would love to get rid of all the crossings, and hope to in the future, but for now these are the 50 we have been tasked with removing. Every level crossing is a risk and there have been several safety incidents at Bonbeach in recent years. 

    Thanks for your feedback, it's important for us to know which crossings the community would like to see gone.

  • Will there be some landscaping to break up the monotony of this proposed construction, as the station street residents will have a pretty bleak view across six lanes of road traffic of the ugly multi-story apartments on the other side of Nepean Highway. It's a pity the rail bridge wasn't chosen as it would have provided screening and some nice parkland. Was it only a political decision, with the government worried about losing votes in a marginal electorate, to capitulate to a few local resident activists who opposed a rail bridge. You must have known a bridge would give greater benefit to the whole community if only because its cheaper and less damaging to the environment. If you go ahead with this trench I can switch to using Chelsea station, and I can switch my vote to the party who didn't build it too

    notrench asked almost 3 years ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your message. There are pros and cons with each level crossing removal option - in Edithvale and Bonbeach we found that it was feasible to build a trench. The rail corridor is narrow and bounded by Station Street and the Nepean Highway, which significantly limits the opportunities to use the space underneath, improve pedestrian connections or screen visual impacts. 

    Although there is limited space given the narrow corridor, we will be working hard to reinstate as much landscaping as we can. We are keen to ensure the project keeps the look and feel of this community.

  • The only issues with Bonbeach station is LACK OF PARKING & TOO MUCH VERY LOUD TOOTING OF TRAINS DURING THE NIGHT which is NOISE POLLUTION! Good to have the line trenched!

    Mary Merrington asked almost 3 years ago

    Hi Mary, 

    Thanks for your message. 

    The design solution for Bonbeach includes building a new car park deck over the trench, whilst space is limited there will be no reduction in car park spaces overall. 

    And with the level crossing removed there will be less tooting! Hope you have a good day.

  • Disappointing that an ugly trench has been adopted as the design for the Bon Beach level crossing removal resulting in a permanent barrier between the residential area and the beach. An elevated viaduct would have been a much better solution giving better pedestrian access through the area and allowing more vegetation to be planted between Station Street and Nepean Highway. How often is the rail trench expected to flood given it is located so close to sea level? Also what is the cost of the trench compared to the elevated rail option and what is the cost/benefit ratio of removing this particular crossing given the low traffic volume that uses Bondi Road?

    ross asked almost 3 years ago

    Hi Ross,

    Thanks for your message. 

    The rail line is currently located at a high point, which means the rain water naturally flows away from the rail line. Therefore when the trench is built there will be no rain water that flows into the trench, except for the rain that falls straight down. Any rain water that does fall straight in to the trench will be pumped out, this will be designed to cater for high intensity rainfall. 

    We know each level crossing removal option has pros and cons - we're looking forward to working with the community on the trench solution, on aspects such as pedestrian access and making it look as appealing as we can, particularly around the station precincts.

  • will there be a new station built at bonbeach ?

    james ware asked almost 3 years ago

    Hi James, 

    Yes there will be a brand new station built at Bonbeach. 

    Thanks for your message.

  • Where can I see evidence that was used in determining this crossing was dangerous or congested railway crossings?

    Deb asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Deb,

    We've been tasked with removing the level crossing at Station Street / Bondi Beach, Bonbeach. This is part of a wider program to remove 50 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings around Melbourne. There are a number of factors considered when assessing level crossing removals, including traffic volumes and congestion, alternative routes available, benefits to the transport networks and overall economic benefits.

  • I travel the area around Bonbeach and never had traffic congestion at Bonbeach station only arcCarrum so why even touch this section of line. I would expect to see footage from cameras at each crossing to track traffic movements so where is the evidence and can we have freedom of information to the public in seeing the government investigation into why the Bonbeach station has been chosen, where is the evidence?

    Deb asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Deb,

    Thanks for your question. The level crossing at Station Street / Bondi Road, Bonbeach has been identified as one of Melbourne’s 50 most dangerous and congested level crossings. These sites form the basis of a long-term strategic plan being developed to remove 50 level crossings by 2022. The sites were chosen based on a range of factors - while traffic is a big contributor, safety is also another. 

  • Hi, I've been advised that one of the reasons for the Bondi Rd crossing removal is that there was a fatality there at some stage. Can you please advise when this was? Thanks

    NoRailBridge asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your question, and apologies for the late reply. 

    As you may be aware, there have been fatalities at multiple level crossings across Melbourne - please feel free to give us a call on 1800 762 667 if you would like more information about safety incidents at this crossing, as we prefer not to go into details of fatalities on our forums. Thanks.

  • Why is the Bondi Rd Crossing being removed in the first place? Leaving it there is your "base case" and must be included in the options assessment. Otherwise the whole options review process is completely flawed. Can I have access to a detailed report which explains why Bondi Rd crossing is being removed when the busier crossing at Argyle Ave is not?

    Rohan asked about 3 years ago

    Thank you for your question, Rohan. 

    This has been a common question during this round of community consultation. The decision of which level crossings were to be included in the 50 was made at a Government level. This decision was made based on factors such as traffic congestion and reported safety incidents at each of these sites. The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) was formed in 2015 to oversee the safe and efficient removal of the 50 identified level crossings and was not involved in that initial identification process. 

    If there is a level crossing that you believe should be made high priority for removal- such as the Argyle Ave level crossing, then please include this in your feedback and we can ensure that it is passed on to Government for consideration.

  • We (the local residents) have been experiencing excessive parking issues in York Street for over 24 months, with no (council) parking signage being erected in the street to deter rail commuters from using the street as a car park for the rail line. This has come about through councils lack of forward thinking nor planning when NO STANDING signage was installed along Station Street in November 2015, nor adequate train commuter parking (planning) being provided by council in light of the increased urban sprawl (unit & townhouse building) that has been occurring in Bonbeach for over 10 years. While I am not to fussed about the crossing option that will be erected at Bonbeach Station, (elevated or underground), my main concern is the parking options that will be provided to the rail commuters once the project is completed. I would like to receive a guarantee from the authority (whom are working in conjunction with local council) that restricted parking signage will be installed in York Street (ideally prior to the works commencing), but definitely AFTER the works are completed, to deter this on-going problem & safety issue. If the authority is planning to include a larger number of parking options at the Station, I, as a resident of York Street for over 19 years, also want a guarantee from the LC authority that York Street will be removed as a train commuters parking option by installing restricted parking signage. After all, (as I have unsuccessfully argued with council for over 18 months regarding the unsafe and excessive parking in the street), York Street is a residential Street, not a car park for whomever feels it is there right to park there to utilise for the train service. I look forward to your response.

    xenwhy321 asked about 3 years ago

    We hear you, parking is an issue that is frequently raised and we understand how frustrating it can be for local residents and rail commuters. 

    While we cannot offer you a guarantee of parking restrictions that will be put in place for your street (as you have already acknowledged, this is the domain of local council not the LXRA), we can promise that your feedback will be taken on board and that we will work closely with local council both during and after construction to try and get the best parking outcome for the community. 

    We'll be coming out to the community again as the project progresses to seek more detailed feedback on areas such as parking, we hope that you will get involved again at this stage so we can follow up on this important issue for you and try to achieve the best outcome for Bonbeach. 

    Thank you for your valuable insights into the existing challenges in your local area, it is feedback like this that is so important and will help guide the project as we move forward.

  • If you put a shared platform in the middle, would that reduce the bulk and width of the station? Would splitting the two lines increase daylight underneath the station (in elevated option)?

    tezzi asked over 3 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question.

    At this stage the designs presented are indicative, as we are seeking feedback on the two proposed options. Details of the station design itself will be further developed in the next stage of the project. There will be opportunities to be involved in this stage also. However, given the narrow width available for the train tracks between the Nepean Highway and Station Street, splitting a raised bridge isn't possible.


  • How is Bonbeach even on the list, at your original consultation it was in big writing; Approx 6800 cars a day use the Bondi crossing, that's less than 5 cars per minute! How could this be a priority over Glenhuntly (That slows EVERY TRAIN inbound and out EVERYDAY to a crawl and impacts 90% of commuters at Bonbeach who travel to the city for work) How could it even be a priority over either crossing in Chelsea? This question has been asked many times with no clear response, and in that comes a lack of trust that this is a genuine consultation process.

    ginnostik asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question. 

    We've been given the task of removing 50 of the worst level crossings in Melbourne which have been identified through assessment criteria including congestion and safety concerns - this includes the level crossing at Station Street/ Bondi Road, Bonbeach. 

    While this one might not be as busy traffic-wise, there have been some safety issues with this site involving loss of life, so it's important that it's removed. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the Glenhuntly crossing - while it's not on our current list of 50 flagged for removal, it's good to know where people are having frustrations.

  • Why would beachside suburbs be even discussed for a sky rail? You wold actually be willing to spoil our beautiful beaches with concrete bridges? I can understand closer to the city but the beaches - surely it is one area that must be underground. Please note: Labor would be much more popular if they spent billions on what the taxpayer wants rather than waste billions on what we don't want. You will be remembered at the next election much more favourably.

    jule561 asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for sharing your feedback. 

    We understand the concerns around rail bridges and that many people along the Frankston line treasure the existing feel of their beachside neighbourhoods. The community feedback we receive in this consultation period, along with environmental and technical investigations will inform the design decisions made on each of the eight sites. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

  • What, if anything, is being planned for the crossing between Carrum and Bonbeach stations? Given the red light runners, the congestion caused in Station St. as well as the traffic bank ups in Nepean highway I would think that this crossing should also be on the list.

    LenK asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question. We've been given the task of removing 50 level crossings but would love to remove every level crossing - there are more than 170 level crossings in the metropolitan area alone! We're starting with the 50 crossings already identified for removal (including 12 along the Frankston line with Park Road recently thrown in). The good news is that all the options we're recommending won't have an affect on future removals - they will all be possible to do at some point in time.