The Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) is removing many level crossings over the next seven years. Local residents and businesses may experience environmental impacts.  

Noise impacts from level crossing removal works 

EPA has worked closely with LXRP to understand noise levels local communities might experience. We’ve been working with LXRP to avoid and reduce the risk of noise on local communities.

Our Civil Construction Building and Demolition Guide (publication 1834) provides information on how to reduce the impact of noise on residents.. Under the Environment Protection Act 2017, it is expected that noise and vibration are minimised so far as reasonably practicable at all times. LXRP or their contractors should notify people this noise will affect. LXRP or their contractors should advise when the noise will occur and how long it will go on for.

Unavoidable works

However, some noisy works noisy works cannot be avoided, and they may need to happen outside of normal working hours.

These include unavoidable works, which are works which pose an unacceptable risk to life or property or a major traffic hazard, and cannot be reasonably moved to normal work hours. Unavoidable works must be justified. LXRP and their contractors must make all reasonable efforts to limit the impact of noise on the local community.

Further information can be found on EPA’s Roadworks and major infrastructure noise page.

Air quality and dust from level crossing removal

Dust is a common air pollutant and is a potential environmental risk from the LXRP.

LXRP monitors dust in the project areas using various methods including dust deposition gauges. They install monitors along the work site to monitor dust from construction works.

The Civil Construction Building and Demolition Guide (publication 1834) provides information on how to reduce the impact of dust on residents. 

How LXRP manages waste soil

LXRP must manage waste soil in a way that complies with Victoria’s environmental laws. EPA provides LXRP with guidance on how it should manage its waste. Waste soil must be classified prior to reuse or disposal. EPA provides guidance on how to classify waste to LXRP so that it can manage its waste soil properly.

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Reviewed 14 June 2023