Boroondara Council officers have engaged engineering consultants to assess feasibility and develop functional plans for two sections of the Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail corridor.
1. Elgin Street to Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn (including an underpass at Power Street).
2. Burke Road to Stanhope Grove, Camberwell.
The focus of the work is looking at how off-road path alignment could be provided through these sections, with separate facilities for cyclists and pedestrians where possible.
Site inspections have been carried out and feature surveys have been undertaken for these corridors to inform the design process.
The first draft functional plans are expected by mid-June 2022, after which the plans will be reviewed and workshopped with key stakeholders including the Department of Transport, VicTrack and Metro Trains.
Consultation with BBUG and the community would also occur and Council would formally consider the proposals.
Subject to approvals, the finalised plans are expected to be instrumental in advocating for funding and delivery of these important sections of the corridor by the Department of Transport.
In addition, subject to Council funding approval as part of its Annual Budget Process, during 2022-23, feasibility and functional designs are proposed for the following sections.
3. Glenferrie Road to Auburn Road including an overpass at Glenferrie Road.
4. Auburn Road to Burwood Road including an overpass at Auburn Road.
5. Union Road to Churchill St (LXRP)
Section of trail under construction by Surrey Hills and Mont Albert Level Crossing Removal Project, noting that pedestrian/bike crossings at Union Rd & Mont Albert Rd will be provided.
6. Churchill Street to Box Hill connecting to Ringwood to Box Hill Trail
Some further design work was conducted by the Department of Transport but no information on this is available.
BBUG and MeBUG have advised DoT that a bridge for the trail over the very busy Elgar Road is essential.
We are also concerned that recently approved Vicinity Development in the Box Hill MAC will block the trail.
As as 21 June 2022, we are disappointed that no funds have been allocated by the Victorian Government for further work on the trail.