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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.

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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 […]
  • Freedom of information – Environmental studies
    We have recently put in an FOI submission to LXRP asking for the “diligent” environmental studies they claim to have done in regard to noise pollution, air pollution, migratory birds and light spill. They are building a large train stabling facility in Seaford which is near to residents (the closest being 170m away) and RAMSAR listed wetlands. As the ultimate facility will contain 24 trains, both light and heavy train washing facilities, a BIO pit, cleaning and maintenance […]
  • Information and links to Migratory Bird Agreements
    Follow this link to find the agreements below http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/migratory-species/ (JAMBA) Japan has an agreement with Australia, Japan Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (JAMBA) to protect migratory birds The birds that Migrate between Japan to the ES Wetlands in danger of being impacted are the Sharp Tailed Sandpiper, Cattle Egret, Red Necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Eastern Great Egret. ROKAMBA Korea has an agreement with Australia (ROKAMBA) to protect migratory […]
  • How to search for planning amendments
    The Kananook (Seaford) Stabling facility documents that are of most interest are available direct here; https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/resource-library/incorporated-documents/frankston/fran-C117-Kananook-Train-Storage-Facility-Project,-July-2017.PDF Read page 2 in particular. To find more documents got to : http://planning-schemes.delwp.vic.gov.au/schemes/frankston select Amendments search for ‘frankston c117’ select “view details” for the C117 Frankston amendment. Amendment C117 Frankston […]
  • Baxter extension business case
    The labor state government has begun a business study on the extension of the Frankston line to Baxter. More details can be found on their page here; Premier’s Baxter extension business case The Labor Government has started work on the business case that will assess the costs and benefits of electrifying the line as well as additional enhancements including track duplication, level crossing removals, station upgrades, car parking and train stabling. As part of level crossing removals, the […]
  • Train Stabling facility email to LXRA and M.P.s “How will this affect me?
    Dear…………………………….. It has come to my attention that a Train Stabling Facility is going to be built in Seaford. It will be operational 22 hours a day, stable 24 trains, house maintenance sheds and train washing machines. For safety reasons this facility will be brightly lit all night and the driver must sound his horn every time the train moves off. We live at […]
  • MP’s and LXRA Contact Details
    Sonya Kilkenny (MP for Carrum)sonya.kilkenny@parliament.vic.gov.au Jacinta Allan (minister for Transport Infrastructure) : jacinta.allan@parliament.vic.gov.au Daniel Andrews (Premier) : daniel.andrews@parliament.vic.gov.au Richard Wynne (minister for Planning): richard.wynne@parliament.vic.gov.au Lily D’ambrosio (minister for the Environment)lily.dambrosio@parliament.vic.gov.au Melissa Horne (minister for Public Transport)melissa.horne@parliament.vic.gov.au    LXRA: […]
  • sample email to MP’s and LXRA: Request for an Environmental Effects Study re Train Stabling
    Dear ……….. I write to you today to request an Environmental Effects Study (EES) for the train stabling in Seaford. As you know this facility is 75,000 square metres in area and contains maintenance facilities, train washing machines and stabling for 24 trains. It will be operational 22 hours a day with trains being shunted around for cleaning, maintenance and stabling and brightly lit all night. We have two things to consider; light and noise and the impact it will have on the […]
  • Train Stabling : Effects of noise and light on humans
    Proposed Train Stabling in Seaford The facility will be running 22/7 with the noise of air compressed brakes as 24 trains are shunted around the facility to be parked, maintained or cleaned. It will be brightly lit all night. Light and noise will impact the health of residents in close proximity to the stabling yards. Please consider the information below and ask that there is a cautionary approach taken for this massive infrastructure. For the human population noise is pervasive in everyday […]
  • Study of Noise and Light on birds
    Did you know that the Proposed Train Stabling Facility in Seaford is only 870 metres from the wetlands which is listed in the Ramsar Convention. Birds migrate every year to these wetlands to reproduce. It is well documented that these birds are drawn to light ships and stadiums, as they migrate at night. This facility will be brightly lit all night, all 75,000 square metres of it. The birds become confused and and use up vital energy stores and may never make it to the the wetlands, very close […]
  • Seaford Train Stabling Facts
    Train Stabling Facility Information This facility is 75,000 square metres in area and will be operational 22 hours a day. Every time a train moves off the driver must sound the horn for safety reasons, it is designed to be alarming. It will house maintenance facilities, train washing machines plus stabling for 24 trains. It will be a busy noisy work site using heavy machinery and trains will be shunted day and night to be cleaned, maintained and stabled. There will be bright lighting all night. […]
  • Train Stabling/birds sample email to Sonya Kilkenny, Daniel Andrews, Jacinta Allan and LXRA
    Dear Member I write to you regarding the Proposed Train Stabling Facility in Seaford. This facility is 870 metres  to the Seaford Edithvale Wetlands which is listed in the Ramsar Convention. Birds migrate every year to these wetlands, to reproduce. It is well documented that these birds are drawn to Light Ships and Stadiums, as they migrate at night. They are drawn to the light, become confused, call out in distress and use up vital energy stores. Energy stores that should be taking them to the […]
  • Letter to Minister Melissa Price ( Minister of the Environment )re. train Stabling Facility in Seaford
    Dear Minister I write today, to bring to your attention The Plight of the Migratory Birds flying to the Ramsar listed Edithvale Seaford (ES) Wetlands, in Australia. As you know Australia has an agreement with China (CAMBA) Japan (JAMBA) and Korea (ROKAMBA) to protect migratory birds. Australia is in danger of breaching those treaties. Camba Specifically Article 111 clause 1, Article 1V clause A and B (i) The birds that Migrate between China to the ES Wetlands and will be impacted are the Sharp […]
  • Option 2 trench solution for level crossing removal at Seaford Rd.
    Option 2 Rail bridge modified; 2.1% grade. Showing the difference 0.1% grade makes to platform position and track elevation at platform.   Using 2.1% grade; McLeod joining Nepean from its’ current position and with the rail bridge modified. Platform starts 84m past McLeod. This will be taken up with the station building(s) positioned at McLeod and ramp. The ramps for trenches at Springvale, McKinnon etc are over 100m long. Rail elevation at the platform = -1673mm The distance between the […]
  • The distance between Patterson River and McLeod Rd isn’t long enough
    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. Understanding the above three arguments from LXRA are false the following are some options available: Option 1 Rail bridge modified; 2.0% grade Layout1 Platform starts 106m past McLeod. This will be taken up with the station building(s) positioned at McLeod and […]
  • A steeper incline would not meet metro and freight rail standards
    LXRA are stating that 2.0% is the maximum incline for the Frankston line. A relatively new rail section allowing for a trench solution at Ormond and McKinnon which appears to accommodate a storm drain is 2.36%. Obviously, this is a safe operation or it would not have been built by LXRA. Advice from LXRA representatives is that this was a special case and needed special safety considerations and, yes, special safety considerations could again be applied. A steeper incline CAN meet metro and […]
  • 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 […]