Once you’ve explored the options for removing the Lower Plenty Road level crossing, you can use this forum as one of the ways to share your thoughts and feedback.
Some questions to consider in the discussion:
- While a bridge or a rail bridge with embankments underneath would change views for local people, a rail trench would also have an impact with barriers and fencing required to protect the trench. What is the most important thing we need to consider about the look of the project?
- Each design has a different impact on trees, with the trench design requiring the most trees to be permanently removed. Does tree preservation influence your design preference?
- There will be disruption during the works with all options. If construction can be undertaken more quickly, what are your thoughts about a higher impact for a shorter period of time?
Option 1: Rail bridge over Lower Plenty Road
Looking north beneath the rail bridge (with 5.4 metres clearance) running over Lower Plenty Road and parallel to Ellesmere Parade. Vegetation exclusion zone on each side of the rail bridge*.
Option 2: Rail bridge over Lower Plenty Road with embankments underneath
Looking north beneath the rail bridge running over Lower Plenty Road and parallel to Ellesmere Parade. Vegetation exclusion zone on each side of the rail bridge*.
Option 3: Lowering the railway line in a trench under Lower Plenty Road
Looking north down the rail corridor with a rail trench running under Lower Plenty Road and parallel to Ellesmere Parade. Vegetation exclusion zone above the trench on each side*.
Option 4: Road bridge over Lower Plenty Road (ruled out)
Road bridge (with a 5.4 metres clearance) over the railway line. New service lanes will be required on both sides of the road bridge, on the north and south sides of Lower Plenty Road.
Option 5: Lowering Lower Plenty Road under the railway line (ruled out)
Looking north down the rail corridor at the Lower Plenty Road trench under the railway line. New service lanes would run parallel on the north and south sides of Lower Plenty Road.
* The vegetation exclusion zone represents the maximum allowable height for trees and plants near the rail line. Above this height, trees have the potential to fall on the rail line and pose a threat to trains.