Toorak Road, Kooyong


One of Melbourne’s major congestion hot spots, the level crossing at Toorak Road in Kooyong, is to be removed by building a rail bridge over the road.

Around 37,000 vehicles travel through the Toorak Road level crossing every day, with boom gates down for 35 per cent of the morning peak. As well as easing the bottleneck on one of Melbourne’s major arterial roads, removing the level crossing will make the area safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Following technical investigations undertaken over recent months, a rail bridge was found to be the best solution as it has the shortest construction time meaning less disruption for residents and commuters and the least disruption to major underground utility services.

The rail bridge design also provides the greatest community benefit. It will facilitate new open spaces beneath and beside the rail line and provides the best opportunity to reinstate landscaping. These elements of the project have been the subject of community consultation in recent months.

Construction Liaison Group (CLG)

With major works set to begin in the coming months, the project is now forming a Construction Liaison Group (CLG). The CLG will provide local perspectives and insights throughout the construction phase of the project to help minimise construction impacts on the community. CLG members will also contribute local knowledge to discussions about the construction program.

We are currently seeking expressions of interests from people living or working in close proximity to the works. The CLG will aim to draw upon a diversity of local voices.

For more information on the CRG, or to express your interest, please read and complete the nomination form below. Nominations close at 5:00pm on Wednesday 7 August 2019.

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One of Melbourne’s major congestion hot spots, the level crossing at Toorak Road in Kooyong, is to be removed by building a rail bridge over the road.

Around 37,000 vehicles travel through the Toorak Road level crossing every day, with boom gates down for 35 per cent of the morning peak. As well as easing the bottleneck on one of Melbourne’s major arterial roads, removing the level crossing will make the area safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Following technical investigations undertaken over recent months, a rail bridge was found to be the best solution as it has the shortest construction time meaning less disruption for residents and commuters and the least disruption to major underground utility services.

The rail bridge design also provides the greatest community benefit. It will facilitate new open spaces beneath and beside the rail line and provides the best opportunity to reinstate landscaping. These elements of the project have been the subject of community consultation in recent months.

Construction Liaison Group (CLG)

With major works set to begin in the coming months, the project is now forming a Construction Liaison Group (CLG). The CLG will provide local perspectives and insights throughout the construction phase of the project to help minimise construction impacts on the community. CLG members will also contribute local knowledge to discussions about the construction program.

We are currently seeking expressions of interests from people living or working in close proximity to the works. The CLG will aim to draw upon a diversity of local voices.

For more information on the CRG, or to express your interest, please read and complete the nomination form below. Nominations close at 5:00pm on Wednesday 7 August 2019.

Keep informed

Stay updated with the latest project information by signing up to our email newsletters, and continue checking this page – more opportunities will be available for the community to share their ideas and provide feedback over the coming months.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Expressions of Interest are invited from members of the Kooyong and Malvern community who wish to be involved in the Construction Liaison Group (CLG) for the construction phase of the Toorak Road Level Crossing Removal Project.

    The role of the CLG

    The CLG provides local perspectives and insights throughout the construction phase of the project to help minimise impacts on communities. 

    While it has no formal decision-making power, the purpose of the CLG is to ensure that local communities have a voice on issues that affect them during construction. 

    It will assist the project

    Expressions of Interest are invited from members of the Kooyong and Malvern community who wish to be involved in the Construction Liaison Group (CLG) for the construction phase of the Toorak Road Level Crossing Removal Project.

    The role of the CLG

    The CLG provides local perspectives and insights throughout the construction phase of the project to help minimise impacts on communities. 

    While it has no formal decision-making power, the purpose of the CLG is to ensure that local communities have a voice on issues that affect them during construction. 

    It will assist the project team by providing:

    • a local perspective, particularly in relation to minimising construction impacts on the community
    • information to the community about the project and its construction
    • local knowledge to discussions about the construction program.

    Criteria for membership

    Nominations to join the CLG are invited from people living or working in close proximity to the works. 

    The CLG will aim to draw upon a diversity of local voices, including residents, business owners and local sporting teams.

    All CLG members must be able to:

    • objectively present the views of the community or organisation they represent, regardless of personal views
    • provide information relevant to their community interest or area they represent
    • act as a two-way channel for communication between the community interest they represent and the CLG
    • be willing to pass on relevant information regardless of their personal views
    • listen and work cooperatively with others who may hold opposing views
    • commit time to attend evening meetings approximately every eight weeks.

    In addition to the above criteria, an overall assessment will be made on the best mix of members to achieve the greatest diversity.

    For more information, please call 1800 105 105. For translation services, please call 9280 0780.

    Nominations close 5:00pm on Wednesday 7 August 2019.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We have heard your feedback on open space, landscaping and how you want the rail bridge to look, and we would like your help to continue refining the designs.

    The survey period closes on 24 May 2019.


    We have heard your feedback on open space, landscaping and how you want the rail bridge to look, and we would like your help to continue refining the designs.

    The survey period closes on 24 May 2019.


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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Level Crossing Removal Project will soon be seeking approval to amend the Stonnington and Boroondara planning schemes to help facilitate project works.

    Property owners, occupiers and other interested parties are invited to submit formal feedback that forms part of the PSA request to the Minister for Planning.

    The proposed amendment applies a site-specific planning control via an incorporated document which includes a number of conditions that will need to be met to the satisfaction of the Minister for Planning.

    The proposed conditions may include considerations relating to local heritage, urban design and environment management.

    Further

    The Level Crossing Removal Project will soon be seeking approval to amend the Stonnington and Boroondara planning schemes to help facilitate project works.

    Property owners, occupiers and other interested parties are invited to submit formal feedback that forms part of the PSA request to the Minister for Planning.

    The proposed amendment applies a site-specific planning control via an incorporated document which includes a number of conditions that will need to be met to the satisfaction of the Minister for Planning.

    The proposed conditions may include considerations relating to local heritage, urban design and environment management.

    Further information on the project and the associated PSA is available in our FAQs, and in the Kooyong Project land map and Explanatory Report. 

    We will use your feedback to understand what is important to the community and what we need to consider as we finalise the PSA request documentation and develop detailed designs. A summary of all submissions and feedback is also provided to the Minister for Planning as part of a formal request for planning approval.

    Completed submission forms can be emailed to contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

    Submissions open on Monday 18 February and close at 5:00pm Monday 18 March 2018.

    Any approved Planning Scheme Amendment does not enable any works impacting state heritage listed sites or assets. Any change to a site or asset on the State Heritage Register requires a permit from Heritage Victoria.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The rail bridge design for Toorak Road provides a number of benefits and features, including:

    • Removing a major bottleneck for the thousands of people travelling on the Monash Freeway and CityLink via local roads
    • Less disruption to residents and commuters during construction
    • Opportunities for new public open space.

    As we develop detailed designs, we are inviting the community to provide feedback via a survey, which will be an important consideration in the development of detailed designs.

    There will also be further opportunities for the community to learn more about the project

    The rail bridge design for Toorak Road provides a number of benefits and features, including:

    • Removing a major bottleneck for the thousands of people travelling on the Monash Freeway and CityLink via local roads
    • Less disruption to residents and commuters during construction
    • Opportunities for new public open space.

    As we develop detailed designs, we are inviting the community to provide feedback via a survey, which will be an important consideration in the development of detailed designs.

    There will also be further opportunities for the community to learn more about the project and speak with the project team at info sessions – details will be shared soon.

    Take Survey