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We've had a great team of professionals, working in engineering, health and community feilds join our community group.

The aim of our teams is to review the level crossing removal plans, consider the impact that the Sky Rail proposal would have on our community and residents and respond to the claims that the Sky Rail is required for the Frankston line and demonstrate that 'rail under road' is the real alternative.

We are always keen to broaden our professional expertise. If you would like to join our team of experts, we would be pleased to hear from you.

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Recent Posts

  • Write To Your Elected Representatives
    Write or email your local, state and federal politicians. Say ‘No’ to Sky Rail and ‘Yes’ to lowering the rail under the roads. Just cut and paste the MP’s email addresses below and write an email or use one of the sample letters below. Your elected representatives look at how many of their constituents contact them when deciding to act on an issue. The most relevant members of parliament for SkyRail are: josh.frydenberg@aph.gov.au […]
  • Carrum temporary rail by-passChanges to the Patterson River rail bridge would NOT require a closure of the Frankston line for up to six months
    A new road bridge connecting Station Street to Station Street over the Patterson River is planned. This can be used as a temporary rail by-pass whilst any changes to the Patterson River rail bridge are completed. Allowing for a safety fence 3m from the by-pass rail track access to properties either side of Patterson River remain unaffected. This will require a stronger bridge for the train use but any additional height caused by deeper spans can be accommodated with the more lenient road design […]
  • Carrum Boats only use the two mid spans.Carrum: Lowering the Patterson River rail bridge would NOT impact boat access.
    This effectively increases the distance from the Patterson River to McLeod Road. Additionally, the vertical gradient transition from level to – 2% (or more) can be achieved over the mid spans of the bridge improving the effectiveness of lowering the southern span and not impacting on boat clearance. […]
  • Carrum Boats only use the two mid spans.Rail under road in Carrum
    Carrum Station Options for a Trench LXRA say: A rail under road design is not possible in Carrum due to: 1. The distance between the Patterson River and McLeod Road is not long enough to provide train clearance under the road and return to ground level before the Patterson River rail bridge at an incline that would allow trains to run safely. 2. A steeper incline would not meet metro and freight rail standards for safe operation. 3. Changes to the Patterson River rail bridge would require a […]
  • Say No To Sky Rail (Skyrail) - No Sky Rail Frankston Line - Write Email LogoLetter to the Commissioner Lang
    Dear Commissioner Lang You may not be aware that the State Government of Victoria has not done an Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation study (EPBC) in regards to the Elevated Rail project over Seaford Road in Seaford.  As this planned project is 700 metres from Ramsar Wetlands, which is specifically mentioned in the EPBC act the Victorian Government is required by law to do this. I reiterate it has not been done and Australia risks breaking Migratory Bird Agreements with […]
  • Letter to Dr. Gillian Sparkes
    Dr. Gillian Sparkes Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Level 16,  570 Bourke St. Melbourne Vic. 3000 E: info.ces@ces.vic.gov.au   (Date …………………………….) Dear Dr. Sparkes I write seeking an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) or consideration of The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act Relating to the removal of Seaford Road Railway Crossing, in Seaford Victoria. As I’m sure you are aware the Environmental Protection and Biological Diversity […]
  • Say No To Sky Rail (Skyrail) - No Sky Rail Frankston Line - LogoFrydenberg – Conservation study at Seaford crossing
    Dear Mr Frydenberg You may not be aware that the State Government of Victoria has not done an Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation study (EPBC) in regards to the Elevated Rail project over Seaford Road in Seaford. As this planned project is 700 metres from Ramsar Wetlands, which is specifically mentioned in the EPBC act the Victorian Government is required by law to do this. I reiterate it has not been done. Please be aware tenders are out, two contractors have been […]
  • Letter to Daniel Andrews re Seaford Road Crossing
    Dear Daniel Andrews, It has been clearly established the LXRA is only the propaganda face of the Crossing Removal project and makes no decisions. I maintain that it is up to you Daniel Andrews to respond to the questions the Seaford Community are asking regarding the elevated rail at Seaford Road, ludicrously labelled as a “Hybrid solution”. As our elected Premier, charged to represent your constituents it is up to you to have the courage to face the community of Seaford to answer our […]
  • Say No To Sky Rail (Skyrail) - No Sky Rail Frankston Line - Write Email LogoLetter to the MP’s re Projects at Seaford
    Dear Minister X, I support the removal of the Level Crossings. However, I have an issue with the way it is to be done. The proposed “Hybrid Solution”  at Seaford Road (which is an elevated solution) I consider substandard. On Sunday 23rd July we held a Rally in Seaford, with more than 300 people protesting against elevated rail. The rally has been mentioned in Herald Sun and covered by 7 News. Two of the rally speakers were Frankston City Councilors, supporting the community. Rail under Road at […]
  • Hybrid skyrailVisual bulk and impact
    You don’t need many words to describe Skyrail or “Hybrid Solution”. It’s huge, enormous. It’s out of proportion. It’s height will dwarf the entire neighbourhood. The ugly, massive concrete pylons aren’t pretty and will inevitably be covered with graffiti. There is a document, issued from the “Office of Victorian Government Architect”  called  “Level Crossing Removals – Lessons Learned” – Click here to view. The document states: “An elevated road or rail structure will have a […]
  • Say No To Sky Rail (Skyrail) - No Sky Rail Frankston Line - Write Email LogoLetter to The Planning Minister Hon Richard William Wynne
    My email letter to The Planning Minister Hon Richard William Wynne Dear Minister, As you are aware, Skyrail in Melbourne is widely opposed by all communities across the city. This Sunday 23rd July our group “No Skyrail Frankston Line” http://noskyrailfrankstonline.org/ held a community rally in Seaford, gathering well over 300 people and covered by Herald Sun and 7 news. The city of Frankston was represented by speakers Glenn Aitken & Quinn McCormack, supporting rail under road […]
  • Why Rail Under Road is possible at Seaford
    The Seaford technical report (available at http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/media-library/publications/frankston-publications/reports/seaford-technical-report) states: LXRA Myth… When considering the best way to remove the Seaford Road level crossing, environmental factors are particularly challenging in terms of groundwater flows, flooding and potential impacts to the nearby Edithvale-Seaford wetlands and Kananook Creek. These environmental problems ruled out the building of a trench at […]
  • The Health Impact of Elevated Rail on Bayside Communities
    The Health Impact of Elevated Rail on Bayside Communities The academic literature shows that proposed elevated rail bridges negatively impact the health of individuals and communities. The World Health Organisation recommends ‘health in all policies’ which includes consideration of the health impacts of large infrastructure projects on populations (Leppo, Ollila,Pena, Wismar, & Cook, 2013.) Elevated rail adjacent to residential areas increases noise and vibration, reduces natural light, […]
  • Geodetic survey of Seaford crossing
    Please see the recent surveying results taken from Railway Pde, RF Miles Reserve and the Railway line in Seaford. The surveying has shown what we already know, a rail-under solution is perfectly feasible at Seaford Rd and what you have been led to believe by the LXRA has been blown far out of proportion to justify the second rate solution they are trying to impose on our Suburb. From this surveying data we have been able to create a 3D model of the landscape with the RF Miles Reserve, Railway […]
  • Overshadowing
    Elevated rail bridges will significantly overshadow homes. The impact of reduced sunlight on mental health is well supported in the literature (Halpern, 2013). Multiple studies assert that a lack of natural light increases the risk of mental health issues including depression and anxiety (Edwards & Torcellini, 2002.) Overshadowing of homes and a reduction of open sky reduces our sense of space, access to natural light and enjoyment of our outdoor environment. Please find a simulation of the […]
  • Impact on property prices
    SkyRail diminishes the value of property nearby. This is a reflection how detrimental Skyrail is. See article in the Leader: A YOUNG couple say they have been forced to sell their dream seaside home because of a huge sky rail bridge planned for Carrum. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/inner-south/sky-rail-bridge-plan-convinces-carrum-couple-to-sell-dream-home/news-story/75541a9110ff210376e017624395f18b   […]
  • Graffiti and crime
    Graffiti is a visible form of crime and considered a sign of social decline, representing a threat to safety and quality of life. Graffiti is a visible form of crime and considered a sign of social decline, representing a threat to safety and quality of life (Morgan & Louis, 2009; Lorenc et al., 2013.) Controlling and removing graffiti in Australia costs $1.5 billion annually (Morgan and Louis, 2009.) This cost is expected to be borne by local councils along the Frankston line, creating […]
  • Cross section at Johnston stSeaford Rd Rail Under Solution
    LXRA claims Seaford rail under road option is not feasible, as it will require a railway trench -a “kilometre long bath tub” analogy. This is not true! Please check Geodetic survey at Seaford rd crossing. The designs below have been created by our engineering team to show how a Rail Under Road solution would work at the Seaford Rd level crossing. Cross section of Rail Under Road solution under Seaford Road A Rail Under Road solution would have the railway line lowered under Seaford […]
  • Seaford Rally Day
    Say No to Sky Rail Seaford Rally Day Seaford Community Centre Sunday 23rd July This event had a wonderful turnout of residents. It was also attended by Frankston Councillors, 7 News and The Herald Sun.   * Guest Speakers * Introductions Willem Popp Who we are Neil McCarthy = NSRFL Seaford Team Seaford Update Engineering ==== Paul Porter & Sean Wise Rail Under Road option for Seaford Eel Race Road = Fiona Tellesson Local concerns LOTI – Catherine Pendelich Experiences of Dandenong Line […]
  • Health Impact of Elevated Rail
    See also: The Health Impact of Elevated Rail on Bayside Communities  –  A review of potential health impact for applying elevated rail options in the removal of level crossings along the Frankston rail line. – Submitted to LXRA in 2016. The World Health Organisation recommends ‘health in all policies’ which includes consideration of the health impact of large infrastructure projects on populations (Leppo, Ollila, Pena, Wismar, & Cook, 2013.) Academic literature shows that […]
  • Fact Sheet – Seaford Road
    Seaford Road Level Crossing Rail Under Road Another 8 level crossings on the Frankston Line are due to be removed. Three have already been grade separated with a Rail Under Road solution: Ormond, Bentleigh and McKinnon. This article explains how Seaford Road can be Rail Under Road also. Design Considerations 1. Rail Reserve • A 40m wide railway reserve allowing “parallel” construction, similar to new Springvale station. • A rail trench can be constructed alongside the current rail line which […]