The Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) is removing many level crossings over the next five years. Local residents and businesses will 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 Noise control guidelines (publication 1254) (the guidelines) outline what we expect of LXRP and their contractors during construction. Key aspects of the guidelines that apply to the LXRP are: 

  • People nearby shouldn’t be able to hear noise from the project:
    • in any habitable room of residential premises
    • from 10 pm to 7 am from Monday to Sunday.

This doesn’t apply if the works are unavoidable. The Environment Protection Act 1970 defines the meaning of a habitable room.

  • Some works may need to happen outside of normal working hours. 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.

What unavoidable works are

The project may consider works that cannot be practicably and safely completed during normal business hours to be unavoidable. They include works that: 

  • involve continuous work, for example a concrete pour 
  • pose an unacceptable risk to life or property 
  • risk a major traffic hazard 
  • could cause a major disruption to the transport system.

Sometimes, LXRP or their contractors can’t avoid noisy works. They must show they have made all reasonable efforts to limit the impact of noise on the local community.  

Air quality and dust from level crossing removal

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

Two State environment protection policies (SEPPs) protect Victoria’s air quality: 

LXRP must comply with both air SEPPs.

LXRP is monitoring dust in the project areas using ‘dust deposition monitors’. They install monitors along the work site to monitor dust from construction works.

The Guidelines for major construction sites (publication 480) provide information on how to reduce the impact of dust on residents.  

LXRP has produced a fact sheet about managing dust.

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. Our Industrial waste guidelines: soil hazard categorisation and management (publication IWRG621) provides information LXRP can use to manage its waste soil properly.

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Reviewed 4 June 2020