The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews MP, announced today that the Mont Albert – Surrey Hills Level Crossing Removal Project will now be fast tracked and completed by 2023, instead of 2025.
The concept design prepared by the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) is for the railway line to run under both Mont Albert Road and Union Road.
There will only be one railway station, a Premium Station, which will replace the existing Mont Albert and Surrey Hills Stations. The new station will be located in a trench in the straight stretch of the railway corridor, between Mont Albert Road and the Lorne Parade Reserve.
The Surrey Hills Progress Association (SHPA) is calling on both councils – Whitehorse and Boroondara – to become actively involved in the local area planning of this project, around the engineering design that is adopted.
This will best be done by a comprehensive approach – to create an urban design framework – that coordinates things like:
- Traffic management, including vehicle circulation, location of car parking, bicycle links / storage, bus routes / bus stops and car / taxi drop off areas
- Railway Station connections with Hamilton Street and Union Road shopping precincts
- Integrating both parts of the Union Road shopping centre with wide civic space over the railway line
- Neighbourhood / Pedestrian connections over and along the railway corridor
- Bicycle / Shared Path routes (including the Box Hill – Hawthorn link)
- Site design and landscaping / civic space around the restored Mont Albert Station building
- Public open space reserves / access / linkages
- Vegetation protection / mature trees and avenues of trees
- Landscape / Urban Design / Architecture