This project by Level Crossing Removal Authority has achieved an 'Excellent' As Built IS Rating.
The Toorak Road, Kooyong level crossing was removed in April 2020, with trains now traveling on the new rail bridge. The level crossing was removed 6 months ahead of schedule, following major works starting in September 2019. The removal of this major bottleneck reduced congestion and improved safety for those travelling through the area. New and improved walking and cycling paths connecting to nearby parklands, as well as new open spaces, were created as part of the project.
The existing Toorak Road at-grade level crossing was located approximately 8.5km south-east of Melbourne, and just west of the Monash Freeway entry and exit ramps. The Level Crossing was removed and replaced with a rail bridge comprising a10-span U-trough/ viaduct structure. The rail bridge was constructed completely offline to minimise disruptions to the Glen Waverly train line services. The project introduced a number of sustainability innovations, including the use of a sustainable asphalt product Reconophalt, environmental measurement and management solution SiteHive and the use of a biodiesel (B20) back-up generator. The project team also trialled the Mat X e-commerce platform, reinforced concrete product E-Mesh and a zero emissions electric excavator for the landscaping package, with supply partners JCB and Ace Landscaping. Sustainability is more than a consideration of how we ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’, it also considers community and economic benefits. The design added value to the local community by creating urban space and a bike station under the viaduct while also removing the interface with the prior level crossing providing safer passage for cars, cyclists and pedestrians.
The delivery of the project 6 months ahead of schedule and without issues was a key achievement for the alliance, as the first of many level crossing removal projects SEPA are delivering across Melbourne's south east.
Highlight 1 - The delivery of the project 6 months ahead of schedule and without issues was a key achievement for the alliance, as the first of many level crossing removal projects SEPA are delivering across Melbourne's south east.
Highlight 2 - 10% reduction in embodied carbon emissions.
Highlight 3 - 31% reduction in GHG energy emissions over the construction and operational life of the asset.