Aurecon worked with VicRoads to facilitate the removal of level crossings at Cardinia Road, Pakenham.

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Level Crossing Removal Project: Cardinia Road, Australia, Australia

Level crossing removed at Cardinia Road months ahead of schedule with improved community space and safer road access

In the past, the boom gates of Cardinia Road level crossing were down for a third of the morning peak, and 23 000 vehicles travelled through the level crossing daily.

A new road over rail grade separation bridge was delivered months ahead of schedule. This has allowed the level crossing to be removed with a resultant improvement in safety, while reducing congestion and improving travel times.

The new bridge is part of the Victorian Government’s program to remove level crossings to create better road and rail connections, boost safety and ease congestion.

Cardinia Road is one of many sites that has benefited from Aurecon’s multidisciplinary expertise in order to engineer and plan level crossing removals. The Metropolitan Roads Program Alliance, which integrates three organisations: Fulton Hogan, Level Crossing Removal Project and Metro Trains Melbourne, delivered the level crossing removal.

The 55-metre long two-span bridge, which crosses the Pakenham rail line corridor allows for two existing tracks and makes allowance for two future tracks to be constructed. The approaches to the bridge consist of earth embankments.

The bridge accommodates two lanes of traffic in both directions, as well as a shared walking and cycling path. Stair connections allow an alternative access route to the adjacent Cardinia Road railway station.

Project benefits

  • Eases congestion and reduce travel times
  • Improves safety for pedestrians, cyclists and road users
  • Allows for more train services in the future
  • Improves community amenity

Using locally manufactured materials

To allow the bridge to be constructed while the existing level crossing remained in service, the bridge was built beside the existing road alignment. Reinforced soil retaining structures were constructed along one side of the approach embankments to minimise the land required for works within the road corridor.

The retaining wall was built using more than 1200 individual concrete panels. The two-metre wide and up to 3.5-metre long precast panels were manufactured locally in Victoria and weigh up to 3 tonnes each.

At the top of the retaining walls, garden beds with shrubs and trees enhance the visual amenity of the bridge and provide screening for adjacent residences.

Community leisure space

A new community space on the south side of the level crossing will provide a common open area for local residents.

At almost 1000 square metres, or approximately the size of four tennis courts, the area will cater for a range of leisure activities and interests, including netball, basketball and running. It is intended to become a place for locals to come together, exercise and relax.

A one-kilometre walking and cycling network will maintain connections for residents to the local rail station, bus stops and nearby shopping centre.

A road connection for the future

Replacing the level crossing with the road bridge reduces congestion and improves traffic flow and provides the opportunity for more train services in the future. The project has enhanced the amenity of the area for residents.

Commitment to connecting communities

Aurecon has worked closely with VicRoads, the Level Crossing Removal Project, local councils and Alliance and construction partners to manage State Government approvals to facilitate the removal of level crossings, and delivery of new stations and public open space at 19 of the 39 sites to date.

This included the planning and delivery of removals at Furlong, Main, Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads as well as the multi-award winning Caulfield to Dandenong, plus the delivery at Evans Road and Cardinia. Aurecon has also provided the planning of Burke and North Roads as well as Bayswater (Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road).

Aurecon is currently completing the delivery of Fitzgerald and Robinsons Roads. Navigating the complex planning approvals, and delivering solutions that improve connectivity, is critical for the timely delivery of the Victorian Government’s commitment to increase public safety, facilitate micro-economic efficiencies via improved traffic flow, increase connectivity and revitalise communities.

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