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Bike Path Boroondara Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail Strategic Cycling Corridor

Hawthorn to Box Hill Trail update – work in progress

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.

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Bike Path Boroondara Strategic Cycling Corridor

$5 million upgrade promised for shared paths in Kooyong

On 17 May 2022 in the last week of the election campaign, Josh Frydenberg’s office sent Boroondara BUG this media release (PDF)

He promised $5 million dollars for upgrading shared paths and connections in Kooyong and installing some new lighting to improve safety and visibility for users. Works included were:

  • $2 million for the Anniversary Trail to construct a new shared path ramp connecting the trail with Mont Albert Road
  • $2 million for reconstructing the dangerous Gardiners Creek underpass at Toorak Road (fix silting problems and improve lighting)
  • $1 million to improve lighting along the Anniversary/Outer Circle Trail, between the Eastern Freeway and High Street, Kew.

Boroondara BUG supports these improvements.

In particular, the Toorak Road underpass on the Gardiners Creek Trail is very dangerous when it gets silted up with mud after flooding. There is potential for loss of life here if a cyclist loses control in the mud and crashes.

Toorak Road underpass on Gardiners Creek trail silting

Boroondara BUG is following up with the Dr Monique Ryan MP, the new member for Kooyong, to determine if these funds are available.

Note that no funds were allocated to the Hawthorn to Box Hill trail. We ask whether some of the unspent $65 million for the failed and unnecessary railway station car parks in Kooyong can be used to build this critical cycling corridor.