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North-West Program Alliance

North-West Program Alliance Overview

The Victorian Government is removing 50 congested level crossings in Melbourne at a total project cost of approximately $6.9bn. The program is led by the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA).

GTA is currently providing transport advisory services to the John Holland/KBR led North-West Program Alliance (NWPA), which has been awarded the contract to remove three of these level crossings (Camp Road in Campbellfield, Skye Road in Frankston and Buckley Street in Essendon). Upon successfully removing these level crossings, the Alliance will then progressively work to remove three further crossings (Glenroy Road in Glenroy, Bell Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick).

Each level crossing presents different challenges and requires a wide range of GTA’s skills to deliver the transport aspects of the project. A snapshot of each project is provided below:

 

Camp Road, Campbellfield

The Camp Road, Campbellfield level crossing is in the outer north of Melbourne. Camp Road is a key east-west route across the Upfield Rail Line and is used as an alternative to the M80 Western/Metropolitan Ring Road. The rail-under-road solution has removed the daily requirement for approximately 20,000 vehicles to travel through the level crossing.

The project has ensured that connections are made to existing pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and that the design does not preclude the development of future active travel projects, including the Upfield bicycle path extension and a potential future rail station at Campbellfield.

The design has been future-proofed to allow the duplication of the Upfield line and the widening of Camp Road for forecasted train patronage and traffic growth in the outer north.

Most of the Camp Road level crossing was removed in November/December 2017, with the project set to be completed in early 2018.


GTA provided the following value to the Alliance:

  1. Future proofing the design to accommodate planned transport needs
  2. Active travel planning
  3. Extensive construction traffic diversion planning

 

 

Skye Road, Frankston

The Skye Road level crossing in Frankston is currently a complex six-leg intersection where boom gates are down for around 30 minutes in the two-hour peak period. As a key access point to and from Frankston’s Central Activity District, removing the crossing is central to relieving congestion at peak times and improving vehicle flow across the area.

GTA is providing a range of services to assist in delivering the project including traffic signal layout plans, intersection operation and capacity analyses, a safe system assessment (road safety), specialist wayfinding strategies as well as construction traffic management advice.

Physical work on the rail-over-road removal of the level crossing began in 2017, with project completion expected in 2018.


GTA provided the following value to the Alliance:

  • Collaborating with key stakeholders to achieve the best value for money design, including an atypical rail peer location
  • Expert signal design and operations input to provide an optimised and innovative design solution for a complex six leg intersection
  • Presentation of the design solution at stakeholder workshops
  • Facilitation of a Safe Systems Assessment workshop

 

 

Buckley Street, Essendon

The Buckley Street, Essendon level crossing removal is proposed as a road-under-rail solution in the inner northwest of Melbourne. The level crossing is located immediately south of Essendon Rail Station close to major bus, tram and train infrastructure and services.

The constrained urban environment requires detailed planning to achieve an integrated transport outcome, which maximises the benefit to the community. Improving local vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian and public transport connectivity is key to upholding the operation of the area which includes several large schools and other land uses.

GTA developed a hybrid transport model for the transport network surrounding the level crossing. The model was developed to replicate existing conditions and to allow adaptation to test future project scenarios without the crossing.

Given the complex nature of this project, GTA also played an integral part in a number of community and authority stakeholder engagements in regard to the project. Attendance at these consultation sessions allowed important feedback, concerns and recommendations to feed into the project. All design work has been finalised for this project, which is due for completion in late 2018.


GTA provided the following value to the Alliance:

  • Integrated transport planning to inform the design and achieve the best possible place making outcome
  • The development of a VicRoads approved mesoscopic transport model
  • Significant liaison with Transport for Victoria, VicRoads, PTV, Council and bus operators.
  • Presenting on behalf of the Alliance at the Stakeholder Liaison Group (made up of businesses, authorities and local politicians)
  • Attendance at community consultation

Client // Victorian Government

GTA Office // Melbourne

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