THE Victorian Government has revealed how it will remove three more level crossings on the Frankston line, with the rail line to be lowered at both Bonbeach and Edithvale, and a 'hybrid' design to be used for the level crossing removal at Seaford.
At Edithvale, where the rail line will be lowered under Edithvale Road, and Bonbeach, where the rail line will be lowered under Bondi Road, new stations will be constructed within the trenches and road bridges installed at the current road level.
Due to the proximity of both projects to the Ramsar-listed Edithvale-Seaford wetlands, they will be referred to Minister for Planning, who will determine if an Environment Effects Statement (EES) is required, and help identify and manage potential impacts to groundwater.
At the Seaford Road level crossing in Seaford, lowering the rail line was found unfeasible due to the impact a rail trench would have on groundwater and its effect on Kananook Creek and the nearby wetlands.
As a result, a new hybrid design will lower Seaford Road by around 1.5 metres and the rail line will be built onto a small planted embankment.
The Seaford project also includes $10 million to revitalise the Seaford community with extensive landscaping, a new shared user path, and huge upgrades to R.F Miles Reserve.
Work at Seaford has been fast-tracked, with construction to start early next year and be completed by 2019.
A decision on whether an EES is required for the projects at Bonbeach and Edithvale is expected to be received within the coming months. If required, the EES and any relevant Commonwealth approvals may take 12 months or more to complete. The tender and construction for the projects is due to take place in 2019.