Edithvale Road, Edithvale


The Minister for Planning has issued his assessment of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) for Edithvale and Bonbeach prepared by the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA). This confirms that rail trenches will proceed at both sites with robust environmental protections in place.

Works at Edithvale will also see the construction of a new station.

The boom gates at Edithvale Road level crossing are down for an average of 42 minutes during the 7:00am to 9:00am weekday peak.


The Environment Effects Statement (EES)

An independent inquiry panel, appointed to advise the Minister for Planning, has considered the Environment Effects Statement, draft Planning Scheme Amendments (PSA) and all submissions received at public hearings in June 2018.

All information presented at the hearings is available on Engage Victoria’s website.

A report from the Federal Minister for the Environment on matters relevant to the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act is due before the end of this year and will conclude the EES process.

For all questions about the EES process, please contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Edithvale and Bonbeach Community Reference Group

The Edithvale and Bonbeach Community Reference Group (CRG) is an advisory group that assists the project team by providing a local perspective on project issues and ensuring that there is effective communication between the project team and the local community. The group meets quarterly and is made up of local community representatives. The first CRG meeting was held on 7 September 2017.

If you have any questions about the project, please call us on 1800 105 105 or email us at contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au



The Minister for Planning has issued his assessment of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) for Edithvale and Bonbeach prepared by the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA). This confirms that rail trenches will proceed at both sites with robust environmental protections in place.

Works at Edithvale will also see the construction of a new station.

The boom gates at Edithvale Road level crossing are down for an average of 42 minutes during the 7:00am to 9:00am weekday peak.


The Environment Effects Statement (EES)

An independent inquiry panel, appointed to advise the Minister for Planning, has considered the Environment Effects Statement, draft Planning Scheme Amendments (PSA) and all submissions received at public hearings in June 2018.

All information presented at the hearings is available on Engage Victoria’s website.

A report from the Federal Minister for the Environment on matters relevant to the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act is due before the end of this year and will conclude the EES process.

For all questions about the EES process, please contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Edithvale and Bonbeach Community Reference Group

The Edithvale and Bonbeach Community Reference Group (CRG) is an advisory group that assists the project team by providing a local perspective on project issues and ensuring that there is effective communication between the project team and the local community. The group meets quarterly and is made up of local community representatives. The first CRG meeting was held on 7 September 2017.

If you have any questions about the project, please call us on 1800 105 105 or email us at contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au


Have a question about the level crossing removal in Edithvale?

Ask us your question below and we'll get back to you with the information you need. If your question is urgent, give us a call on 1800 762 667 (24 hours, 7 days).


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  • Why aren't we planning to do a skyrail from Mordialloc all the way to Eels Race Rd instead of the current rollercoaster result that we will end up with when constructing the crossings differently? With a skyrail we would retrieve a massive amount of community space underneath the rail that could be used for various activities ranging from car parking, food courts, enclosed basketball courts, green space & bike paths. It prevents problems with wetland underground water movements, allows for future sea level rises, will never get flooded, actually look like a well planned out solution and cost less to build and maintain. I suspect the local silent majority would prefer skyrail.

    clivezz asked 2 months ago

    Hi clivezz, apologies for the delay in getting back to you. We are removing 50 of Melbourne's 170 level crossings, 13 of them on the Frankston line. This means we aren't doing every crossing between Mordialloc and Carrum. The trench solutions at Edithvale and Bonbeach were chosen after extensive community feedback and engineering work. 

    We're now waiting for the Minister for Planning to submit his assessment on the Environment Effects Statement before we can move on to the next stage of the project. Carrum and Seaford are getting an elevated rail solution with many of the associated open space benefits that you outline.

  • Follow up question based on design being release in late 2018, as this is very close to election time for the Victorian State Government. Can you please confirm if funds are already committed to rail trench design AND implementation for Edithvale stations using the rail trench option? I would hate to think that we have gone through so many stages of community feedback, for which we had an overwhelming response of ~95% FOR the rail trench option (figures released by Level Crossing Removal survey results - can't recall exact figure) and for that to be only ignored and replaced with rail over option.

    saints74 asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for getting in touch. We're on the home stretch. The EES process is part of finalising the project designs for the trenches at Edithvale and Bonbeach. 

    An independent Inquiry will consider the EES, draft planning scheme amendments (PSA) and all submissions at public hearings in June. 

    The Inquiry will provide its assessment and recommendations to the Minster for Planning, who will make his assessment in mid to late-2018. The Commonwealth Minister for Environment and Energy will also make an assessment. 

    These two assessments conclude the EES process. Following this, we will finalise the detailed designs and prepare for construction to commence in 2019. Follow the EES progress here: https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/media/publications/ees

  • There is a rumour that the already established pedestrian crossing at the end of Berry ave will no longer exist. Is this rumour true as this will frustrate a great proportion of people in the vicinity who have utilised this and even bought close to it for its convenience.

    Help asked 9 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your enquiry. Based on our current reference design, the Berry Ave pedestrian crossing will remain. In order to get over the trench, it will need to be converted into a pedestrian overpass, but the location will be the same.

  • Is the potential pedestrian crossing across the rail line at the Fraser Ave/Station St bus stop reliant on the choosing of the "Potential substation location-Option B"?

    mlindley asked 10 months ago

    Hi mlindley, reinstating the Fraser Avenue pedestrian crossing is proposed as part of the project regardless of the substation location. The substation location will influence the position of the pedestrian crossing and how it can be integrated with the deck over the railway line.

  • Please provide more detail on the proposed pedestrian bridge at the current Berry Avenue crossing location. Will it mean a pedestrian platform will need to built running between Elsie Grove and Berry Avenue to support the overpass across the railway?

    AndrewG asked 11 months ago

    Hi AndrewG, at this stage the proposed Berry Street pedestrian overpass will be elevated over the train line, as it comes out of the trench to avoid the electric cables. Please keep in mind the pedestrian overpass is proposed at this stage, as we are still finalising the trench design.

  • is it possible to spell out how to get the minutes from 7 September CRG meeting...as per your answer to Nat2liemarie the "The minutes of each CRG will be public and available on these websites, and can be shared by CRG members directly" Where can I find them on this site?

    rgenovese asked 12 months ago

    A summary of the September CRG meeting minutes have now been published on our website http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/crossings/edithvale-road-edithvale

  • 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 11 months 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.

  • I had contacted you previously regarding the Edithvale Rd survey link not working and it was fixed yesterday. I sent a reply to the email, but I can't tell if it has gone to a "no-reply" type of address. This is what I wrote. Can you please advise? Can you please extend the survey closing date? Since no-one has yet been able to complete it, and there is now only just over a week until 3rd December. Perhaps you could send something to your mailing lists and/or update your web page to indicate that there was an error.

    Sheggie asked 11 months ago

    Hi Sheggie, we'll extend the online survey closing date to 10 December. We'll promote the new closing date via our email list, website and social media. 

  • There is a link on this page for a survey for Edithvale Rd but when I click on it, it takes me to the Bonbeach survey. Is that a mistake? I can't seem to get the Edithvale Rd survey.

    Sheggie asked 11 months ago

    Hi Sheggie,

    Thanks for bring this to our attention. We've now rectified and you should be able to access without any problem.

  • Hi, Just a bit confused about the proposed plans. What does "potential substation A and B' mean?' Does this mean commuters will be boarding trains further south towards Fraser Avenue? Or will trains still be pulling up outside of Edithvale Rd as they are now? Also, can you confirm that there will definitely be a pedestrian bridge at Fraser Avenue? Thank you

    brittany asked 11 months ago

    Hi Brittany,

    Thanks for your question. A substation supplies electricity for the trains to run and will be built as part of the Edithvale project. We have not decided if it will be option A or option B. 

    The train platforms in the trench can be accessed from two locations:  Edithvale Station (north of Edithvale Road) and from a secondary location that is closer to Fraser Avenue. 

    The Fraser Avenue access is for commuters coming from the south and those using the new car park. 

  • What about the 4 level crossings between mordialloc and Aspendale they should have priority also glenhuntly should be in the mix

    12Tinadonny asked 11 months ago

    Unfortunately the crossings you mention are not 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.

  • Hi, For the Bonbeach crossing removal, where does the trench start and finish? Will the pedestrian crossing at The Glade be impacted? If yes, what other pedestrian beach access points will there be? Thanks Barge

    madden3196 asked 11 months ago

    If a train was heading south, the trench starts just after Chadwell Grove/Golden Avenue and then comes back to level just before Breeze Street. 

    We're still in the early stages so the trench design may change slightly. At this stage we propose an elevated pedestrian crossing at The Glade.

  • Good morning, I am about to move and start living in Chelsea (3196). I would like to know how construction works will affect train transportation (6:00am-5:00pm) and approximately for how long. Thank you so much in advance, IG

    IG asked 12 months ago

    Hello IG. Construction on the Edithvale and Bonbeach level crossing removal projects are due to commence in 2019. During construction buses will replace trains. Planned disruptions to train services will be communicated in advance closer to construction time.

  • Cannot access info. on Community Reference Group(membership , minutes meet. etc); poor on line links.

    jomarl asked about 1 year ago

    Hello Jomarl, 

    You'll find the purpose of the CRG, the meeting date and the list of members are on our website http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/crossings/bondi-road-bonbeach#community. 

    Minutes are provided to CRG members.

  • Hi. Bit confused....the first thing mentioned above is "We are removing the Edithvale Road level crossing in Edithvale by lowering the rail line into a trench, building a new Edithvale Road bridge at the current road level and building a new train station." At first consideration, this is the best possible outcome, however is there any possibility of the EES affecting this planned option? Does the outcome of the EES have the ability to kybosh the trench option and place elevated rail back on the table? Ta.

    simona asked about 1 year ago

    Hello Simona, the Victorian Government has put only one option forward for the removal of the level crossing at Edithvale and that is to proceed with a trench. The EES process will ensure we are able to identify potential impacts and mitigate accordingly.

  • Hi, I am wanting to know - how frequently will the Community Reference Groups meet particularly in relation to Edithvale and Bonbeach (i.e. monthly, quarterly etc etc). Who are our Community Reference Group members and how can I contact them to shared information/ask questions or get Updates? How will information be gathered from/ be shared with the Community i.e. in what for will the updates be issued i.e. on LXRA website, via emails, newsletter/pamphlet circular etc. I can not at this point identify how LRXA shares/publishes CRG updates via this website. thank you thank you

    nat2liemarie asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Nat2liemarie, thanks for getting in touch. 

    The Community Reference Group covers both Edithvale and Bonbeach. The first meeting was held on 7 September, and it will meet approximately every 8-10 weeks. The CRG members will gauge public opinion and gather community views in a number of ways, both formal and informal.

    The 13 members have extensive community networks, and will share information with locals informally as part of daily activities. For information on the CRG, including members, we'd recommend you visit these links: http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/crossings/bondi-road-bonbeach and http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/crossings/edithvale-road-edithvale The minutes of each CRG will be public and available on these websites, and can be shared by CRG members directly. 

    CRG members may choose to use other ways to communicate with the local community. The CRG is one way we will involve the community in the level crossing projects. There are many other opportunities for the community to be involved. 

    We also publish information regularly on the above website and our levelcrossings.vic.gov.au website, as well as through social media. We publish quarterly Community Update newsletters and e-updates on the projects, and meet with businesses and community groups directly to answer questions and concerns.        

  • Will there be any works done, however minor, to improve the appearance, from the road, of the fencing running along side the train tacks in neighbouring suburbs from this new development, such as Chelsea? Will you be sprucing up the ugly broken fencing/graffiti/weed covered train track roadside? These should be beautiful beach side suburbs but the un-kept ugly train track areas spoil them.

    Evlyn asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Evlyn, thanks for your question and sorry for the delay in responding.

    In areas where level crossings are being removed and new stations built, such as at Bonbeach and Edithvale, there are opporutnities to revitalise the station precincts. In these locations, the train line will be lowered into a trench and this will require barriers and fencing along the length of the trench for safety.

    At this time there is no proposal for changes around Chelsea Station.

  • Will the Edithvale road removal allow for extra vehicle parking, like at Ormond, over the track/trench?

    Stanley asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Stanley, thanks for your question and apologies for the delay in replying.

    The plan for the Edithvale Road level crossing removal does include decking above the rail trench to provide for station car parking which will result in no net loss. We look forward to holding further discussions with locals about improvements to the station precinct, including parking and access. Keep a look out for upcoming opportunities to provide feedback.

  • When will you announce the members of the CRG?

    W Popp asked over 1 year ago

    Hi there, thanks for your interest in the CRG. Nominations have now closed and we've received a number of high calibre applications. We're currently reviewing these nominations and will be in touch with applicants within the coming weeks to confirm the group's membership, with the view to holding our first CRG meeting next month.

  • Landscaping. how many trees will we lose. Or are we just going to have to live with vast quantities of concrete. Which will of course be tagged.

    Treesandbirds asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Treesandbirds, thanks for getting in touch and apologies for the delay in replying. 

    We will make every effort to minimise the impact of our project on trees and vegetation and will offset losses where we can in accordance with the Biodiversity Assessment Guidelines and our own Environmental Management Strategy.

    Landscaping will also be an important part of the final design solution (noting there are some restrictions regarding larger trees due to safety issues associated with branches falling across the lowered rail tracks). There is still a lot of design work to be done on this project and we'll be seeking more community input into elements such as landscape and urban design soon. Keep an eye out for updates and opportunities to provide feedback.

  • Hi, We currently have a pedestrian crossing at the end of Berry Avenue, the trench looks like it will consume that crossing, will there be a pedestrian overpass at the same spot ?

    KevinHall asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Kevin. Thanks for your question.The trench itself will run from Lochiel Ave to just before Northcliffe Road, meaning the pedestrian crossing at Berry Ave will stay as is.

    The project area is larger, allowing for other parts of the project such as site investigations, landscaping, track work etc. Please refer to the current design map here https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/21315/documents/51407 

  • Will the be any pedestrian bridges between Lochiel Ave and Edithvale Rd? We have a crossing there at the moment between the fire station and the shops. It would be an inconvenience for everyone if we have to walk all the way around.

    Zz asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Zz. Thanks for your message. Yes, there will be a pedestrian overpass built over the rail trench between Edithvale Road and Lochiel Avenue. The exact location is still to be confirmed, but there will certainly be access over the rail line between those two points. You can see the proposed location on the roll plot here: https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/edithvale/documents

  • Hi - are there any plans for access to the proposed Edithvale station platforms from the northern ends? At the moment it is a long and time consuming walk from Lochiel Ave to Edithvale Rd, having to walk a fair distance along Station St and/or Nepean Hwy just to swipe my MYKI - having an access point at both ends of the platforms would be beneficial for both abled and disabled passengers.

    Tomm asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Tomm, we're currently at the concept design stage for the Edithvale Road project, with these details yet to be finalised. In saying that, we will ensure that our design is DDA compliant and improve connectivity for all users. We appreciate the feedback and hope to have more details on this project in the coming months. 

  • Hi how long will the Edithvale level crossing removal take? Will there be night works? Will people be moved out of their houses because of this?

    Julian Mclaughlin asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Julian, the Edithvale level crossing removal project will take around 2 years to complete, starting in 2019. There will be an intensive work period that will involve 24/7 works and those directly affected will be offered a relocation. Once we have a construction partner on board, a construction plan will be created and we will be able to give you futher information. In the meantime, please refer to our construction fact sheet https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/21315/documents/52345

  • Hi when are you starting?

    Julian Mclaughlin asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Julian, the Edithvale level crossing removal project will take around 2 years to complete, starting in 2019. There will be an intensive work period that will involve 24/7 works and those directly affected will be offered a relocation.

    Once we have a construction partner on board, a construction plan will be created and we will be able to give you further information. In the meantime, please refer to our construction fact sheet https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/21315/documents/52345

  • I went to the information session at Beeson Reserve yesterday. Mark from LXRA told me that there would be 2.4m fencing all along the trench. Why does it need to be 2.4m high when Bentleigh trench is only 1.8m high?

    Sheggie asked over 1 year ago

    Thanks for your question about the level crossing removal project at Edithvale. 

    We can confirm that saefty standards require a 2.4 metre high fence alongside trenches. There are some 1.8 metre high fences in Bentleigh but only when the rail line is at grade. 

    We'll be looking at fencing requirements and other detailed aspects for Edithvale during the next stages of project. Thanks again.

  • Hello Has a hybrid solution been envisaged? No skyrail but a rail line elevation just one or two meters going up to say three meters at the crossing so as to preserve the wetlands and lowering the roads which can have much steeper approaches than rail and so have less environmental impact.

    Jleonk asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Jleonk,

    Given the close proximity of Station St and Nepean Hwy to the rail line, we are limited as to how far we can lower the road without triggering property acquisition. To lower the road to a level which would limit the height of the rail overhead, it would involve lowering the level of Station St and Nepean Hwy, which would impact on property access and result in property acquisition. 

    We have done extensive technical investigations and are confident the trench is possible. We have also referred the project to the Minister for Planning for an Environment Effects Statement to help us manage any risks. 

    Thanks for getting in touch.

  • Is the crossing in station street on mordialloc near the school is there any plans to get rid is is

    Carltonw12 asked over 1 year ago

    Hi there,

    Whilst we'd love to remove all the level crossings, the current project doesn't include the crossing at Mordialloc. 

  • Hey I saw that bonbeach edithvale were being underground, this is great! But...why do still have LOTS of no skyrail banners from Aspendale to Bonbeach???? Has the design descision been changed??

    venny asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Venny, 

    Thanks for your question. 

    Yes, you're right. The Victorian Government has determined a trench solution at Edithvale and Bonbeach. This decision has not changed. 

  • 1) I am confused about the EES. Are you for sure building a trench or are you building a trench conditional on the outcome of the EES? What questions will the EES answer and how will this impact on design? Also, why does the EES take 12 month? This seems like a long period! 2) The Lochiel crossing is so close. Why not incorporate it in the trench if there is a chance of doing that now? 3) Are there any plans of investing into Edithvale village? I feel like this is a time where we need long-term solutions to improve the overall look and feel of this beautiful bayside suburb which is highly frequented by tourists due to its stunning beaches. The village currently in on Nepean Highway (which is not that nice for the cafes as you sit outiside directly at a highway) and this could be improved if there was more space between the village and the highway. Have there been any thoughts / design plans about using this opportunity to revive the whole shopping/cafe/restaurant/business scene of this area? I think people would LOVE that! I hope this opportunity is not missed!

    Sis asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Sis,

    Yes we are moving forward with the trench option at Bonbeach and have referred the project to the Minister for Planning who will determine if we need to do an EES, which is a detailed planning study that looks at any potential impacts and how we manage them. 

    An EES does take some time to complete – there are many elements including preparing the documentation, public exhibition and a formal hearing process. 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 

     The Lochiel Avenue crossing is not part of the current project. Whilst we would love to remove all the crossings, at this stage we have been tasked with removing the 50 that the Victorian Government have selected. In saying that, the removal of the Edithvale Road level crossing will not preclude any future works on crossings nearby. As part of the project, there will be opportunities to revitalise the area in terms of urban design, landscaping and walking and cycling connections. We will continue to work with the community on these aspects to help maintain the look and feel of Edithvale once the crossing has been removed. 

    We will be in Edithvale with our mobile information hub week commencing 20 March, where you can pop in to find out more about the project, talk to the team and look at the information and maps on display. See dates and times here http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/crossings/edithvale-road-edithvale 

    Thanks for your feedback and we hope to see you at the info hub.

  • Hi, why would this Edithvale Rd scope 'not' include the Lochiel Ave level crossing? This given the trench is starting only metres from it. If this isn't done as part of this scope it never will be, no better time to remove it - it makes no sense not to include Lochiel Ave crossing as part of the overall project. This is like building the walls without putting the roof on - it is literally connected as part of the overall project. It really must be part of the works for the safety of pedestrians and all forms of traffic.

    Rob130 asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Rob,

    The current Level Crossing Removal Project involves the removal 50 level crossings across Melbourne, and whilst we would love to remove all the crossings, Lochiel Ave is not one we've been tasked with removing at this stage and our works don't extend that far as part of the Edithvale project. In saying this, the removal of the Edithvale Road level crossing will not preclude any future works on other crossings nearby, such as Lochiel Ave. We also expect traffic volumes to decrease at this location.

  • Should I be surprised that the most expensive and maintenance heavy solution has been sought? This strip of land between carrum and Mordialloc has 6 lanes of traffic, 2 lanes of railway and wll soon include trenches. The Skyrail option would have been a tourist attraction and allowed for revitalisation of this whole sad strip of land. Instead we will be living in what resembles a coal mine or warzone with trenches every 500m. Oh wait there will be a skyrail at Carrum. Cant wait to ride the Frankston rollercoaster. The government is so 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 you go ahead with this trench I can switch my vote to the party who didn't build it!

    No Trench 2 asked over 1 year ago

    Thanks for your feedback. 

    While there are some limitations with the trench option, on balance the benefits of the trench were greater than that of a rail bridge. 

    Given the rail corridor is narrow and between two existing roads, there are limited opportunities to use the space if a bridge structure was to be built. We also found there woud be quite a visual impact to nearby residents. 

    There are certainly pros and cons with each option but it's important to look at each individual site on its merits to determine the best outcome, which is why we have a range of solutions along the Frankston line. 

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

  • When initial plans were released... it showed a rail tunnel running 900m-1km either side of Edithvale Station... this would have incorporated the Lochiel Avenue crossing. Now you are saying - this crossing is staying as it is. Why has this changed? I live in Lochiel Avenue, and the crossing is so time consuming when trains are approaching....

    Debkev asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Debkev, 

    Thank you for getting in touch. The Lochiel Ave level crossing is not part of the scope of the current level crossing removal project. The rail trench will begin just after Lochiel Ave, which is consistent with the previous trench design put forward during consultation in 2016. 

    In saying this, the removal of the Edithvale Road level crossing will not preclude any future works on other crossings nearby.

  • The dates for completion of the level crossing removals on the Frankston 8 seem to range for 2018-19 when they were meant to be done together. Will they all be done at the same time (preferably with the line shut down over summer) to minimise disruption to commuters?

    Salli asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Salli,

    Thanks for your message. The exact timelines for each crossing removal have yet to be confirmed, but they will be completed in stages. Construction will start later this year at Skye/Overton Road with others to come into construction during 2018 and 2019. 

    We'll know more during the tender phase of the project and we'll be doing our best to minimise disruptions!

  • Parking is currently a problem. The increase in apartments means people are permanently parking in the rail commuter spots. Can some type of gate be constructed where by your Myki gains access or something else? It's my local station but because there's never any parks. I end up driving to Aspendale or Mordialloc. Which just adds to the congestion on station St in peak HR.

    AntB asked over 1 year ago

    Hi AntB,

    Thanks for your message. 

    Parking through this area is certainly a challenge for commuters. The narrow corridor makes adding additional spaces difficult. We are building a new deck over the rail trench for car parking, this will have just one entrance/exit on Station Street, as opposed to the current design. 

    We appreciate it is difficult when residents are using the commuter designated car parking, we can certainly pass your feedback on as part of the project. Have a good day.

  • I have today received a updated info sheet about the current intention to put the Edithvale Rd level crossing under ground. The diagram/plan in the document shows that the proposed cutting ends at Lochiel Ave/Station St intersection, where there is currently another level crossing. This Lochiel Ave level crossing is not shown on the proposed new plan, only a pedestrian crossing. Neither is the current Denham Ave pedestrian/crib crossing shown. This is located midway between Edithvale Rd and Lochiel Ave. Will both the Lochiel Ave level crossing and the Denham Ave pedestrian crossing still exist once the new Edithvale Rd level crossing is built? Regardless of whether the Edithvale Rd level crossing finally goes under or over road?

    Anastasia asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Anastasia, 

    Thanks for your question. 

    The map in the community update is a concept design which will be further developed as the design solutions are refined. The Lochiel Ave crossing is staying as is. 

    The pedestrian crossings will be reinstated as overpasses, the exact locations yet to be confirmed - this we will be asking for community feedback on. Y

    ou can view a more detailed map in the document library on our website. This will be available to view also when we bring our mobile info hub to Edithvale w/c 20 March. 

    Details are available here on the hub too: https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/edithvale

  • Will the boom gates be moved at the end of Lochiel Ave, Edithvale?

    Mandy3 asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Mandy,

    Thanks for your question. There will be no changes to the Lochiel Avenue level crossing.

  • At the consultations last year they said the Fraser Ave pedestriancrossing would remain. Can you give any further details on this?

    Sheggie asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Sheggie,

    Thanks for your question. The pedestrian crossings will be replaced with overpasses to retain access across the rail line. The exact locations are yet to be determined and we will be asking the community for their feedback on this and other design details. 

    Feel free to share your thoughts here or sign up for our project updates to hear when you can get involved in this process http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe

  • Is any assessment being done on the likely increase in traffic congestion at the Mordialloc roundabout as a result of 'improved' traffic flow at all the crossings south of Mordialloc? I expect that any reduction in the time traffic is kept waiting at the Edithvale, Carrum, etc railway crossings (which, in the 5 years I have lived here has never been particularly bad) is just going to translate into additional waiting time at the Mordialloc roundabout which already has congestion issue on weekday mornings. Common sense would say it has to. Spending millions (billions?) of dollars on changing the railway crossings when all it will do is move traffic congestion (for most vehicles) 3 kilometres down the road. An example of this right now is the effect the change to the railway crossing at Burke Road, Camberwell has had. Since the railway underpass was constructed, the traffic congestion at the Burke Road entrance onto the Monash Freeway has been ridiculous (i.e. traffic coming from Camberwell and making a left turn onto the freeway). On most week nights, traffic coming from Camberwell and wanting to turn left onto the freeway is now bumper to bumper as far back as Toorak Road (some 600 metres). Prior to the railway underpass having been constructed there was rarely more than 50 metres of traffic trying to get onto the freeway ramp. So all the $ spent on that railway crossing has just resulted in a shift of traffic chaos from one side of the railway crossing to the other. Is the same going to happen with the Frankston line changes?

    philipwatts asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your enquiry, Philip. 

    Traffic monitoring and modelling is being undertaken to understand current traffic conditions and to ensure the project doesn’t have a negative impact on traffic. We look at both localised roads and the wider road network, using information from local councils, VicRoads and our own observations (traffic counting, for example). 

    Based on our investigations to date, we don't expect the level crossing removals between Edithvale and Carrum to have a major impact on the Mordialloc roundabout. We are, however, working with VicRoads to understand the potential changes to traffic movements as a result of the level crossing removals and will mitigate any adverse impacts, where possible.

    Thank you also for noting your concerns about the traffic situation at Burke Road. We understand that VicRoads is aware of the situation and the matter has been escalated to its Freeway Management Team for further investigation. 

    Thanks again for your interest in the project.

  • As these major changes to the railway services are being planned there does not appear to be any significant proposed increase to the parking for commuters adjacent to the Edithvale Station .Some is shown on the current proposals but parking in the local streets is still predicted to be required ! I believe that the proposal to elevate the railway is the best option as it provides the possibility of a significant space for parking as well as easier access to the shops and the beautiful beaches along here. As a Resident living close to the Station and badly effected by the current lack of parking for Commuters and one who is to be severely effected for the next six years by these most essential upgrading works , I can only hope that I can live long enough to enjoy any benefit derived from them.

    Jimmac asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Jim,

    Thank you for your input about car parking and your preferred option. We'll be seeking further detailed input from the community once we have a recommended solution so stay tuned for updates. 

    Thanks again for your feedback.

  • Have there been any studies or modelling on noise distribution, especially concerning the elevated rail option?

    Matt17 asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Matt,

    Absolutely, understanding noise is really important - we've been doing background noise monitoring to get an understanding of the existing noise levels and noise distribution in the area. 

    We are now undertaking noise modelling that will predict the expected changes to noise for each of the options under active consideration in Edithvale. Stay tuned for further updates on noise. Mitigation measures will be put in place if the results of our studies suggest an unacceptable increase in noise levels. Whichever option goes ahead for Edithvale, our works must comply with the strict guidelines set out in the Victorian Rail Passenger Infrastructure Noise Policy. 

    Thanks for your question.

  • I can't visualise 12 m height easily. Could you provide 2 elevation views of the rail bridge (artists impression) with properly scaled houses in the background please?

    Cat3B asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for getting in touch, Cat. 

    The proposed elevated rail structure at Edithvale is 8.5m at its highest point just south of Bank Road, it will not be 12m in height. Please take a look on the Edithvale Community Hub Document Library to access artists impressions and a precedent study if you wish to see real world examples of elevated rail locally, nationally and internationally. 

    We hope this will help you visualise the potential structure, however, both a trenched rail solution and a rail bridge solution are still under consideration for Edithvale so we'll have more detail on a recommended option at a future stage. 

  • I would like to know whether both the elevated option and the much preferred trench option will be assessed in the Environmental Effects Statement. If the tench option goes to an EES, then the elevated rail must go too for comparison. I was told at the consultation session that this would happen. Can you confirm. From what I can tell from the biased documentation, you are positioning to use groundwater flows as an excuse not to do the tench solution.

    AMC asked about 2 years ago

    Thanks for your question, AMC. 

    We'll be making a referral to the Minister for Planning who will make a determination on the need for an Environment Effects Statement (EES) for Edithvale. This is a comprehensive planning and environment study and we expect both options to be subject to the EES process, should the Minister decide to proceed down that path. 

    Thanks for your question and feel free to call us on 1800 762 667 if you would like to chat about your concerns with our information materials.

  • Hi there. Do you know what are the heights of the current overhead structures (wires, towers, etc) in Edithvale. I know there are the wires that directly feed the trains, what about the others that run higher up? How high are they in metres? What would the height of a new deck, and new overhead structures be? It would be good to know to compare the current structures to future structures. Thank you.

    jimmyjames asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Jimmyjames,

    Thanks for your question. The existing overhead electrical infrastructure is 10m-13m, while the new overhead infrastructure will only be 8m on top of the structure (bridge or trench) as we are able to move the power lines underground.  

  • I attended consultation session, you ran out of forms and promised to send one in mail - 2 weeks later it has not arrived

    PaulTierney asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Paul,

    We're sorry to hear that your Feedback Form didn't arrive - could you please contact the Project Team on 1800 762 667 or contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au and provide your address again.

    The Project Team will be able to post another copy out to you the same day!

  • My home on Station St. Edithvale has water views to Port Philip. Should an elevated Skyrail go ahead they will be affected and subsequently devalue the property. Is there going to be grounds for compensation? Is there proposed processes? Thanks

    mlindley asked about 2 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question.

    We do not yet have a Recommended Option for Edithvale, as we have a range of technical and environmental work still to complete. When we do have a Recommended Option, we will be speaking with community members who may be affected during and after construction.

    We understand that changes to property values is of concern to many people. Rail bridges are the most common type of level crossing removal in Melbourne, and there is no evidence to suggest that this will lower property values. 

  • Has any thought been given to another option, which is to close the level crossing at Edithvale completely to cars and put in a properly lighted pedestrian subway. Then have cars turn only right or left, and lower the line at the Lochiel Ave. level crossing as well as the crossing between Edithvale and Chelsea. After living in the Aspendale area for 44 years (Glen Street, Aspendale until 2 years ago - now Richfield Retirement Village) I have seen a majority of cars seem to wish to turn either right or left, but are completely blocked by the ones waiting for the boom gates, sometimes for a long time. That is unless the right hand turners cross the centre line so as to get around. Illegal I know, but I can understand their frustration. The other option that most of us use is to bypass the crossing entirely and rat-run through the local streets and emerge at onto Station Street at Lochiel Ave, or down toward Chelsea. The so-called "Sky Rail" would be a visual eyesore between Nepean Highway and Station Street and overshadow everything, and because of the relatively narrow land area it would not be much good for anything else but parking. It would definitely cut Edithvale in two. This way the existing station could be upgraded and hopefully the toilets re-opened (which creates a major problem now because of people urinating next to the Church buildings at the bus stop - or breaking down the side gate of the Church every week or so for the same reasons) , the level crossing closed and fenced, and with a decently designed pedestrian underpass, access from buses etc. to the beach would be improved with nobody running across in front of the trains. Access onto Nepean Highway would be very easy because cars would only have to wait for traffic lights at one of the new ground level crossings with no trains, even if it was a few hundred meters either side of the station.

    Ken asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Ken, thanks for your comments. 

    There are two options still under active consideration for the removal of the level crossing at this site. The removal of the level crossing at Lochiel Avenue isn't part of our current project. Traffic assessments are underway to understand how vehicles currently use the area and will model how traffic flows will change. We understand the visual impacts in each of the proposed options and we are currently seeking community feedback on the designs. 

    More details on these options, and details as to why other options are no longer being considered can be found in the Preliminary Assessment Options document here: http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/68529/Edithvale-Rd-preliminary-assessment-options.pdf

  • How will either option impact upon the existing level crossing at Lochiel Ave / Station St / Nepean Hy / Alexandra Street?

    Jane asked about 2 years ago

    Hi there Jane,
    thanks for your question.

    A benefit of removing the eight level crossings along the Frankston line are the improved flow of traffic. The removal of the Edithvale Road crossing at Edithvale will improve traffic flow, particularly on the Nepean Highway and Edithvale Road.

    At this stage we are assessing the design options. Traffic assessments are underway which is where we observe how many vehicles use an area, how traffic flows along local roads, where vehicles come from and travel to and also modelling how traffic flows will change. This assessment will inform the measures that are taken to ensure a smooth traffic flow in the area and will be publicly available when completed.

  • what is planned for the alexandra avenue crossing which is approx 400 metres west of edithvale station under both options?

    lawschris asked about 2 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question.

    The Alexandra Street / Lochiel Avenue level crossing is outside of the scope of these works and will remain as is under either of the proposed options.


  • 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 about 2 years ago

    Hi Tezzi, 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.


  • Your diagrams suggest both options (trench or bridge) will end within meters of the Lochiel Ave crossing - has there been active consideration to expand the scope to include the removal of this crossing? Both the Carrum and Cheltenham options have had scope expanded to incorporate additional level crossings, so why not Edithvale?

    Craig Halsall asked about 2 years ago

    Thanks for your question Craig, and apologies for the late response. 

    The Lochiel Ave level crossing is not included as part of this project - we would love to remove all 30 level crossings on the Frankston line and all 170 in Melbourne, but we're starting with the first 50 that have been identified for removal. Both of the options being considered at Edithvale will allow for the removal of this level crossing in the future. 

  • What is the LXRA mission statement. What are the main objectives and drivers behind the LXRA goal of replacing these crossings. Is it to represent the community, present the cheapest option, get it done quick ? I am really interested in your mission statement. thx

    ncehedithvale asked about 2 years ago

    Hi there, 

    Thanks for your question and apologies for the late response. 

    The Level Crossing Removal Authority is overseeing the delivery of the project, ensuring that 50 dangerous and congested level crossings are removed in a coordinated and efficient manner. 

    The Authority is responsible for all aspects of the project including planning and development, stakeholder engagement, procurement, through to construction and delivery. You can learn more about us here: levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/about/about-the-authority

  • I asked this question on 16 September and am yet to receive a response considering today is 28 Sep. I find that just downright rude. Considering a worstcase scenario, what impact will overshadowing have if a rail bridge is built at Edithvale station? That is, what overshadowing will there be in metres at the worst point in time?

    burger asked about 2 years ago

    Once again we apologise for the delay in responding. 

    We replied to your question from 16 September. As mentioned in our previous response, both options are in their early stages, so it's too early to tell what sort of overshadowing would be expected from a bridge. As part of our investigations, we are doing an assessment of this, and will share the outcomes with the community once they are known. It's also worth noting that the overhead gantries, which form part of the 16 metres you refer to, will be spaced apart - generally at about 60 metres - but we'll continue to work through that detail as things progress. 

     Thanks, and once again, apologies for the late response.

  • In relation to overshadowing if a rail bridge is constructed at Edithvale road, what in metres will be the worst case of overshadowing? Please respond taking into account previous rail bridge options at a height of approximately 16 metres

    burger asked about 2 years ago

    Hi burger,


    Thanks for joining the conversation and apologies for the delay in responding. 


    Both options are in their early stages, so it's too early to tell what sort of overshadowing would be expected from a bridge. 


    As part of our investigations, we are doing an assessment of this, and will share the outcomes with the community once they are known. 


    It's also worth noting that the overhead gantries, which form part of the 16 metres you refer to, will be spaced apart - generally at about 60 metres - but we'll continue to work through that detail as things progress. 


    Thanks again for your question, and once again, apologies for the late response. 

  • I notice that the Lochiel Avenue and Station Street crossing among other crossings on the Frankston are not going to be removed is there a reason for this after all the ads from the government about getting rid of all the dangerous level crossings I thought they were all to be removed

    Gerard Noble asked about 2 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question. We've got more than 170 level crossings in the metropolitan area alone and we would love to remove them all! 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.