An elevated rail bridge will be built to replace the dangerous level crossing at Webb Street in Narre Warren, Victoria.
A hybrid design was previously proposed to remove the level crossing, involving lowering Webb Street and building a rail bridge over the road.
Updated technical and engineering assessments have determined that the best outcome for the community is building a new rail bridge over the road, eliminating the need to lower the road at Webb Street.
This elevated rail bridge design in this location will allow more trees and vegetation to be retained and minimise disruptions for road and rail users.
A new station will also be built at Narre Warren as part of the crossing removal, with modern facilities for the community to enjoy.
Site investigations are already underway, and construction will be completed by 2025.
To understand the site and its surrounding area, the following investigations have been made:
- Geotechnical – testing water and ground conditions
- Environmental studies – investigating local flora and fauna, and nearby environmental features
- Services – locating water, sewerage, electricity, gas, and telecommunication service pipes
- Surveys – identifying local landscape and landmarks
The removal of this level crossing will help to create a crossing-free Pakenham Line which will change how locals live, work and travel.
More information about the updated designs is available here.
Narre Warren locals will be invited to share feedback on the project design in the coming months.