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On 2 December 2020, the Victorian State Government announced plans to fast track the removal of the level crossing at Union Road, Surrey Hills. This announcement was welcome news, as this dangerous level crossing was the site of a tragic double fatality in 2016.

The level crossing at Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert within the City of Whitehorse will also be removed at the same time. The new rail line will be constructed in a trench and a single premium train station combining both the existing Surrey Hills and Mont Albert stations will be built.

The consolidated station will be located approximately 160 metres east of the existing Surrey Hills station. Car parking at Surrey Hills will be retained and a new space is also proposed on VicTrack land interfacing with Union Road. Given Council does not own this land, we will continue to advocate to the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) for a public space that enhances the environment, neighbourhood character and meets community needs.

Status 

Union Station precinct - designs finalised

The LXRP has finalised the designs for Union Station, the new premium station to be built as part of the Surrey Hills and Mont Albert Level Crossing Removal project. The designs can be seen on the Engage Victoria website and show the station, including the northern and southern entrances and surrounding precinct. The designs for the new open space and widened bridge at Union Road are still be finalised. The open space and deck was announced by the Victorian Government on the 23 March 2022. You can see this announcement on the Victoria's Big Build website.

Supporting local traders

The LXRP has introduced a loyalty program to draw more shoppers to Union Road and Mont Albert Road shopping strips while LXRP works are underway. The ‘Stamp Me’ program, offers shoppers a one off $10 voucher to spend and access to special offers at shops that have signed up to the program. For more details visit the Victoria's Big Build website.

Construction works

Works on the level crossing removal at Union Road and Mont Albert Road are well underway. Union Road was closed in July and August 2022 to construct elements of the new Union Road bridge. We’re working with LXRP and their contractors to review plans and to find ways to minimise the impacts of construction works to the community.

Construction works that are underway or are due to begin shortly include:

  • relocating the Melbourne Water sewer at the intersection of Montrose Street, Wilson Street and Beresford Road
  • works to relocate power lines and other services in Stirling Crescent
  • stormwater works on Sunbury Crescent
  • drainage works on Bedford Avenue.

All residents who are affected by these works should receive a notification from the LXRP. Please contact the LXRP on 1800 105 105 for all questions or concerns about the project and works.

There will be a further three month closure of Union Road in 2023 to dig the trench, lower the railway lines, and build the new station. A major construction blitz will begin in February 2023. From 17 February until late May 2023, buses will replace trains on sections of the Lilydale to Belgrave line.

Road closures and access changes

  • There are ongoing traffic disruptions along Union Road, Sunbury Crescent, and Stirling Crescent.
  • Intersection of Montrose, Beresford and Wilson Streets: Closed to vehicles until late 2022.

Contact the LXRP on 1800 105 105 for more information.

Both station car parks closed

The northern and southern Surrey Hills Station carparks are closed and will stay closed until late 2023 to provide machinery laydown areas and works within the rail trench.

Parking restriction changes

The LXRP may change on-street parking restrictions to allow their trucks to move more safely through local streets.

  • Montrose Street (north side between Union Road and Blackburn Road) - now No Stopping
  • Blackburn Road (east side between Montrose Street and Bedford Ave) - now No Stopping

Council’s role in this project 

We are:

  • Continuing to meet regularly with the LXRP to advocate on behalf of our community.
  • Continuing to work with the community and sharing their concerns and ideas with the LXRP.
  • Endeavouring to ensure the interests of our community are protected, and construction impacts are minimised where possible.

Community consultation - Union Road open space

In September 2021, Council began consulting the community about the design of new open space and adjacent areas in Union Road. Over 200 people shared their thoughts and ideas through our online surveys and workshops.  Your feedback helped us develop the draft Urban Design Advice (UDA) to help guide the LXRP’s design of this space.

In December 2021, we gave the UDA to the LXRP and other stakeholders and advocated for our community’s preferences to be included in the LXRP's designs of the bridge and new open space. The UDA and your efforts encouraged the LXRP to include the 15-metre-wide decking across the rail trench in its designs for Union Road.

This widened bridge will connect the north and south sides of the shopping centre and create more useable open space for everyone to enjoy. After our commitment to contribute $2 million towards the cost of the deck, the Victorian Government has also committed to contribute financially.

For more information about our community consultation, visit our Engage Boroondara page.

Timeline 

Date Activity
2 December 2020

Victorian Government announces plans to fast track the removal of the Union Road, Surrey Hills and Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert level crossings.

Community consultation opens.

Invitations to nominate for the Community Reference Group issued.

Early 2021 Site investigations, including geotechnical testing commence.
21 January 2021 The Premier declares and gazettes the Union Road and Mont Albert Road level crossing removal project under the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act (2009).
8 February 2021 Council endorses a submission to the LXRP and Minister for Planning about the project.
14 February 2021

Community consultation closes for the design and local business surveys.

Community Reference Group nominations close.

28 February 2021 Community consultation closes for the planning approvals survey.
30 March 2021 The LXRP advise they will not require the Canterbury Sports Ground for project purposes and will remove it from the project area.
14 June 2021 LXRP releases updated station and precinct designs.
14 June to 6 August 2021 LXRP led community consultation on the updated station and precinct designs.
4 July 2021 Minister for Planning approves the project boundary and formally removes the Canterbury Sports Ground from the project boundary.
9 August 2021 Council endorses a submission to the LXRP and Minister for Planning about the June 2021 design update.
8 September to 28 September 2021 Council led community consultation to help inform our draft Urban Design Advice.
6 October 2021 The last Community Reference Group meeting was held.
11 October to 7 November 2021 LXRP led consultation on proposed amendment to the Surrey Hills and Mont Albert Level Crossing Removal planning project boundary.
21 October to 21 November 2021 LXRP led consultation on a new name for the station.
25 October 2021 Early works and utility relocations scheduled to commence.
21 November 2021 Construction Liaison Group expressions of interest close.
30 November to 19 December 2021 Council-led community consultation asking for feedback on our draft Urban Design Advice document.
21 December 2021 Council commits $2m for 15-metre-wide deck across rail trench.
2022 Early works underway. Major construction scheduled to start.
31 January 2022 Surrey Hills train station commuter car parks closed until the end of 2023.
28 February 2022 Council endorsement and adoption of our final Urban Design Advice document
16 March 2022 The first Construction Liaison Group meeting was held.
22 March 2022 The Minister for Transport Infrastructure announced funding for widening the bridge/decking across the rail trench.
16 May 2022 LXRP released final designs for the new Union Station, station precinct, streetscapes and open spaces for community feedback by 19 June 2022.
2023 Boom gates scheduled to be removed.

Key concerns and opportunities 

A Council endorsed submission was presented to the Minister for Planning and the LXRP in February 2021, and a second Council endorsed submission was presented in August 2021. This submission is available to view in the Downloads section below.

Key concerns and opportunities in our submissions include:

  • Ensuring the LXRP truly engages with residents, businesses, sports clubs, the community and Council to deliver a best for community outcome.
  • Minimising impacts on residents, local businesses, sports clubs and the community during construction.
  • Removing the Canterbury Sports Ground from the Planning Project Boundary.
  • Capping the trench to provide connectivity across the north and south sides of the rail line at Union Road.
  • Delivering high quality walking and cycling infrastructure as part of the proposed Box Hill to Hawthorn trail.
  • Ensuring the station and precinct enhances the leafy green environment and sensitively responds to the architecture of Surrey Hills.
  • Linking the new station with the shops and businesses along Union Road.

More information

More information about the level crossing removal at Union Road is available on the LXRP website.

For more information, you can contact Clare Davey, Senior Coordinator Major Project Interface, at [email protected]


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