Level Crossing Removals
- On 12 June 2019 the State Government announced that a construction contract had been signed for the Toorak Road level crossing removal. An Alliance of Laing O’Rourke, Jacobs and Metro (MTM) (aka South East Program Alliance or SEPA) will deliver the $89 million contract to construct the rail bridge over Toorak Road, including Project construction and communications.
- Gazettal of the enabling Planning Scheme Amendment (making the Minister the Responsible Authority) and defining the Project Area occurred on 21 June 2019 via a special gazettal notice.
- The effect of the amendment is to allow the use and development of the project land for the purposes of the Toorak Road level crossing removal in accordance with the controls contained in an Incorporated Document, without the need for planning permits to be obtained under the Stonnington and Boroondara Planning Schemes.
- Designation of the Project Area under the Major Transport Project Facilitation Act was gazetted on 28 June 2019. This enables the LXRP the delivery powers for commencement of the Project. Site establishment works will commence from 9 July 2019.
- Council is seeking confirmation of specific dates and key program milestone dates, particularly the occupation of Ferrie Oval, Tooronga Park and Talbot Crescent.
The Victorian Government has committed to remove 50 dangerous and congested level crossings across metropolitan Melbourne by 2022 (being delivered by the Level Crossing Removal Authority or LXRA). The Victorian Government recently announced that an additional 25 level crossings will be removed by 2025.
Two level crossings were identified within the City of Stonnington as part of the original 50 crossing removals. The Burke Road level crossing was completed in 2016.
The State Government announced on 13 February 2019 that a rail bridge will be built to remove the Toorak Road level crossing.
In its submission to the project’s Planning Scheme Amendment, Council reaffirmed its preference for ‘rail under’ and not ‘rail over’ as the most appropriate design solution.
Council expressed its disappointment at the lack of consultation with the community on the three options for removing the Toorak Road level crossing.
A public realm improvement concept was prepared to advocate for the open space impacted by the project to be reinstated and enhanced in a holistic manner and was included in Council’s submission.
Council has and continues to advocate strongly on behalf of the Stonnington community. A letter was sent by the City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Steve Stefanopoulos to the Hon. Jacinta Allan (Minister for Transport Infrastructure) on 27 May 2019 regarding the Federal Liberal Party election promise to contribute towards the removal and undergrounding of the level crossing at Glenferrie Road, Kooyong and how this may impact on the Toorak Road Level Crossing Removal Project. Council keenly awaits a reply to this proposition.
Council is aware that the Minister for Transport Infrastructure has committed to establishing a Construction Liaison Group (CLG) in relation to the Toorak Road, Kooyong Level Crossing Removal Project. Council is seeking further information on the terms of reference, potential make up, timing and authority of this group etc.
For further information, please contact the Level Crossing Removal Authority hotline on 1800 105 105 or firstname.lastname@example.org or refer to the Level Crossing Removal Authority website at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au for general information.
To view Council’s submission to the Planning Scheme Amendment, refer below.
Council meeting 18 March 2019
At its meeting on 18 March 2019, Council resolved to endorse the City of Stonnington’s submission to the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment for the Toorak Road level crossing removal.
View: Draft 18 March 2019 Council Minutes(PDF, 15MB)
Council's submission to the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment(PDF, 4MB)