Balcombe Road, Mentone

Level crossing at Balcombe Road in Mentone with boom gates down and a train running through.

Major construction to remove the dangerous and congested level crossing at Balcombe Road, Mentone will begin soon.

With early works already underway, major construction to lower the rail line into a trench will start by mid-2019, taking around 18 months. This will coincide with the removal of the crossings at nearby Park and Charman Roads in Cheltenham. All three will be gone for good by late 2020.

Mentone will also get a new station, with the existing heritage-listed station incorporated into the final design as part of a new ‘heritage bridge’ over the rail line. The new station location will integrate with the Mentone Renaissance project.

The five heritage-listed trees in the Mentone station gardens will be protected in the gardens during works and will form the centrepiece of a re-landscaped station garden at the end of the project.

The project will also include more than three kilometres of walking and cycling paths connecting the Mentone and Cheltenham station precincts, landscaping, improved lighting and accessibility and car parking,

Major construction to remove the dangerous and congested level crossing at Balcombe Road, Mentone will begin soon.

With early works already underway, major construction to lower the rail line into a trench will start by mid-2019, taking around 18 months. This will coincide with the removal of the crossings at nearby Park and Charman Roads in Cheltenham. All three will be gone for good by late 2020.

Mentone will also get a new station, with the existing heritage-listed station incorporated into the final design as part of a new ‘heritage bridge’ over the rail line. The new station location will integrate with the Mentone Renaissance project.

The five heritage-listed trees in the Mentone station gardens will be protected in the gardens during works and will form the centrepiece of a re-landscaped station garden at the end of the project.

The project will also include more than three kilometres of walking and cycling paths connecting the Mentone and Cheltenham station precincts, landscaping, improved lighting and accessibility and car parking,

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    Nominations are invited from members of the Mentone community who feel passionate about their local area and wish to be involved in the Community Reference Group for the Mentone level crossing removal project. Local knowledge and insight is important as we head into the construction phase of the project, to help minimise impacts on local communities. If you’re living, learning or working in the area and have an interest in how the project will affect you and your community, we want to hear from you!

    CRG role

    The purpose of the CRG is to ensure that local

    Nominations are invited from members of the Mentone community who feel passionate about their local area and wish to be involved in the Community Reference Group for the Mentone level crossing removal project. Local knowledge and insight is important as we head into the construction phase of the project, to help minimise impacts on local communities. If you’re living, learning or working in the area and have an interest in how the project will affect you and your community, we want to hear from you!

    CRG role

    The purpose of the CRG is to ensure that local community members can learn more about the Mentone level crossing removal project.

    The CRG will assist the project team by:

    • Providing a local perspective, particularly in relation to project design and minimising construction impacts on local communities.
    • Bring local knowledge/networks to encourage discussions with interested and affected residents, schools and community groups.
    • Creating opportunities for individuals and groups affected by the project to participate in the project's community events.

    Criteria for membership

    Nominations to join the CRG are invited from people who reflect the range of interests in the local Mentone community and are affected by the project.

    CRG members should meet one or more of the following criteria:

    • Involvement in the wider community.
    • Endorsed by local organisation (if representing one).
    • Strong community networks and linkages.
    • Demonstrated ability to constructively participate in an advisory capacity.
    • Ability to represent a broad range of views that reflect the diversity of the community.
    • Strong understanding of the local community and its social, environmental and economic influences.
    • Good knowledge and understanding of the local issues that are relevant to the project.
    • Possess a willingness to contribute positively to meetings in a fair and unbiased manner.
    • Have an ability to look beyond personal interests for the benefit of the community.
    • Ability and willingness to encourage participation from and provide unbiased feedback to the community regarding the project.
    • Able to commit to the CRG Group for the time required.

    In addition to the above criteria, which will carry equal weight in the assessment of nominations, an overall assessment will be made of the best mix of members to achieve the greatest diversity.

    The selection process

    The CRG membership will be selected by a panel comprising of representatives from the LXRA and the Minister for Public Transport.

    A separate Trader Reference Group will act in an advisory capacity to LXRA and represent business interests to report to this group.

    If you want to get involved in the Mentone Community Reference Group, please complete this form by Tuesday 19 June 2018

    For more information, download the Terms of reference.

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    Nominations are invited from Mentone traders and businesses to be involved in the Trader Reference Group for the Mentone level crossing removal project. Local knowledge and insight is important as we head into the construction phase of the project, to help minimise impacts on local businesses. If you own a business or work in the area and have an interest in how the project will affect you and other businesses, we want to hear from you!

    TRG Role

    The purpose of the TRG is to ensure that local traders and business can learn more about the Mentone level crossing removal

    Nominations are invited from Mentone traders and businesses to be involved in the Trader Reference Group for the Mentone level crossing removal project. Local knowledge and insight is important as we head into the construction phase of the project, to help minimise impacts on local businesses. If you own a business or work in the area and have an interest in how the project will affect you and other businesses, we want to hear from you!

    TRG Role

    The purpose of the TRG is to ensure that local traders and business can learn more about the Mentone level crossing removal project.

    The TRG will assist the project team by:

    • Providing a local perspective, particularly in relation to project design and minimising construction impacts on local business.
    • Bring local knowledge/networks to encourage discussions with interested and affected businesses.
    • Creating opportunities for traders and business affected by the project to participate in the project's community events.

    Criteria for membership

    Nominations to join the TRG are invited from people who reflect a range of businesses in the local Mentone community and are affected by the project.

    TRG members should meet one or more of the following criteria:

    • Involvement in the wider community.
    • Endorsed by local business or commerce organisation (if representing one). Strong community networks and linkages.
    • Demonstrated ability to constructively participate in an advisory capacity.
    • Ability to represent a broad range of views that reflect the concerns of different businesses.
    • Strong understanding of the local community and its social, environmental and economic influences.
    • Good knowledge and understanding of the local issues that are relevant to the project.
    • Possess a willingness to contribute positively to meetings in a fair and unbiased manner.
    • Have an ability to look beyond personal interests for the benefit of the community.
    • Ability and willingness to encourage participation from and provide unbiased feedback to the community regarding the project.
    • Able to commit to the TRG Group for the time required.

    In addition to the above criteria, which will carry equal weight in the assessment of nominations, an overall assessment will be made of the best mix of members to achieve the
    greatest diversity.

    The selection process

    The TRG membership will be selected by a panel comprising representatives from the LXRA and the Minister for Public Transport.

    If you want to get involved in the Mentone TRG, please complete and return the accompanying form by Tuesday 19 June 2018.

    For more information, view the Terms of Reference.

    Complete Form
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    If you weren't able to attend our community workshop we would still love to hear your feedback!

    Please take a few moments so we can collect your feedback on access, landscaping and heritage.

    If you wish to view a detailed map of the project area before completing the survey, please open the following attachment.

    Submissions for this survey close Sunday 10 December, 2017.


    If you weren't able to attend our community workshop we would still love to hear your feedback!

    Please take a few moments so we can collect your feedback on access, landscaping and heritage.

    If you wish to view a detailed map of the project area before completing the survey, please open the following attachment.

    Submissions for this survey close Sunday 10 December, 2017.


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  • CLOSED: Submissions for the PSA have now closed. We will continue to talk to the community as we refine the design and there will be more opportunities this year for you to have your say.

    The Victorian Government has committed to removing the Balcombe Road level crossing in Mentone to reduce congestion, improve travel times and create a safer community.

    Throughout 2016, the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) undertook a range of detailed technical investigations and extensive consultation with the local community and key stakeholders on design options to determine the most appropriate option to remove the Mentone level crossing.

    Based on these investigations and consultation feedback, we now have one design solution for the Balcombe Road site – a rail trench under the road. The design will see a new road bridge being

    The Victorian Government has committed to removing the Balcombe Road level crossing in Mentone to reduce congestion, improve travel times and create a safer community.

    Throughout 2016, the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) undertook a range of detailed technical investigations and extensive consultation with the local community and key stakeholders on design options to determine the most appropriate option to remove the Mentone level crossing.

    Based on these investigations and consultation feedback, we now have one design solution for the Balcombe Road site – a rail trench under the road. The design will see a new road bridge being built at Balcombe Road at the current road level.

    Your thoughts on the Mentone level crossing removal are important to us. We will use your feedback to understand what is important to the community and what we need to consider as we further develop and finalise our design.

    Information on the design solution is set out in the Community Update available online at www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. Please review this before providing comments on this Submission Form.

    Your submission can include amenity considerations, management or mitigation measures for any impacts identified or any other matter relevant to the construction or operation of the project.



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    Welcome to our survey - we're keen to hear from you about level crossing removals in your area. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Feel free to skip sections (unless they are marked with an *).

    Thanks for taking the time to provide us with your feedback.

    Level crossing removal option 1

    Lower the rail line into a trench and build a new Balcombe Road bridge at the current road level.

    Key information

    • Depth of rail trench approximately 8 metres
    • Multi-level carpark
    • Width of rail trench approximately 12 metres
    • Single pedestrian

    Welcome to our survey - we're keen to hear from you about level crossing removals in your area. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Feel free to skip sections (unless they are marked with an *).

    Thanks for taking the time to provide us with your feedback.

    Level crossing removal option 1

    Lower the rail line into a trench and build a new Balcombe Road bridge at the current road level.

    Key information

    • Depth of rail trench approximately 8 metres
    • Multi-level carpark
    • Width of rail trench approximately 12 metres
    • Single pedestrian crossing
    • Three pedestrian over passes
    • Length of elevated rail approximately 1200 metres

    Level crossing removal option 2

    Raise the rail line over Balcombe Road and retain the existing road level.


    Key information

    • Height of rail bridge approximately 8 metres
    • Width of rail bridge approximately 12 metres
    • Length of rail bridge approximately 800 metres
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