BHRRT: Box Hill to Ringwood Rail Trail Project
An idea whose time has come!
News March 2017
Progress is now picking up pace as the railway grade separations are in final stages of construction. An interested bystander reported to us on the site work on February 28 2017 saying "The Shared User Path bridge over the railway at the top of the hill west of Heatherdale Road is now open for public use. From the bridge, there is a great view of the deep railway cutting between Heatherdale Road and Cochrane Street, and it is possible to see the early stages of construction of the Share User Path leading each way from the new bridge. I also entered the new car park NW of the new Heatherdale Road traffic lights, from which it is possible to see the concrete Shared User Path leading west from Heatherdale. The construction gate was ajar, so I had a sneak preview of the path which rises fairly steeply to the west, with regular flats for the handicapped. I also noticed that they are constructing the embankment approaches for the Cochrane Street bridge".Advocate David Blom adds "There is also great progress being made on the Blackburn to Nunawading section with the fencing along large sections of the path and the base getting prepared for concrete to be poured."
News December 2016
Results of various consultations in 2016 about the route of the trail from Blackburn to Laburnum can now be found at the VicRoads site for this project.
VicRoads also reports "During 2016, we received endorsement from the City of Whitehorse Council for the Box Hill and Nunawading sections, and endorsement from Maroondah City Council for the Ringwood section of the path. We have progressed concept designs for these sections and we will be advertising contracts early next year to enable completion of these sections by the end of 2017".
There is also a VicRoads update available for the Ringwood section, which includes details about the conversion of Albert Street into a one-way street to accommodate a two-way on-road bike path. The design, supported by council and the community, will save 26 trees, reduce through traffic along Albert Street and provide a high level of service for path users.Again see this all at VicRoads page for the Box Hill to Ringwood Shared Path
News September 2016
The Heatherdale station is being built and completed from the upper levels down with the virtually completed upper levels built off site and already installed. The excavation of the cutting and shot creting of the sides is proceeding apace in preparation for the final lowering of the line at Xmas. The Shared User Path (Rail Trail BHRRT) will still contain some steep sections in excess of the Aus Rd guidelines. Work is continuing at the Cochrane St bridge with reo cages and formwork being installed for the supports.
News June 2016
Whitehorse Leader 6 June 2016 attributes tree loss on private properties to the construction of the shared user path. This is completely wrong. The tree loss is because of the rail cutting excavation and the need for an access road for the piling equipment. The shared path itself has no impact on trees.
For the latest information about the progress and alignment of the trail visit the Box Hill to Ringwood bike path project update page of VicRoads . VicRoads is now in the process of constructing the Blackburn to Nunawading section.
FAQs from VicRoads about the chosen southern alignment of the path in the Blackburn and Laburnum sections.
News April 2016
Laburnum to Blackburn section
The Advocacy Group has endorsed the presentation of a proposal developed by David Hall for a separated bike lane along Laburnum Street. This proposal will be presented to VicRoads and Council in the course of developing details for the path in the Blackburn-Laburnum section.
Read David's Laburnum Street separated lanes proposal(10MB pdf file with images and illustrative material 8 pages).
Pictures of preparations in April 2016
Works at Brunswick Road preparing for the trail bridge at Cochrane Street
Preparations in the area around Oliver Avenue Oliver Avenue area pic 1Oliver Avenue area pic 2
News 15 November 2015
VicRoads is going into the major stages of work on the Blackburn section now in January and February 2016
This will include progress on the rail trail
Information about progress is at Level Crossings web site
News 15 November 2015
Level Crossing Works at Blackburn
The first sods are being turned or in this case being sucked out from around the cables. Major ductwork and cabling works being carried out on the north side between the Oliver St crossing and Blackburn Rd.
View pictures of the VicRoads work site November 14 -15 2015 at Blackburn Road crossing.
With the recent completion of the work outside Ringwood Station, a completed section now exists in Ringwood from Albert St to Warrandyte Rd.
News September 2015
Level Crossing Removals and Enabling the Trail
VicRoads is finalising contracts for removing the level crossings at Blackburn Road and Heatherdale Road by lowering the railway lines under these roads. Associated sections of BHRP will be included in these projects. Last month VicRoads displayed drawings showing how the design of BHRP will be improved enormously by including 4 km of separated off-road path beside the railway. This is a great step forward in the design of the Box Hill to Ringwood Shared Use Path.
2.2km of path will be built along the line from Main Street, Blackburn, to Springvale Road, Nunawading, including an underpass of Blackburn Road.
1.8 km of path will be built along the line from Creek Road, Mitcham to Eastlink, bypassing narrow Forster Street and the steep Molan Street hill. The path will pass through the Brunswick Road Linear Park, Mitcham, and over a bridge above Cochrane Street.
Comments on Station Entrance Design
Our primary concern with the VicRoads design is the potential for conflicts between railway customers and cyclists at the entrances to Blackburn and Heatherdale stations. We believe this can be resolved by separating the traffic streams as happened during the design of Mitcham station.
Pedestrians and cyclists mutually dislike the conflict that arises when their paths are forced to cross in limited spaces. People waiting for buses put their bags down and do not want to be disturbed to make way for cyclists, and cyclists do not want to stop and dismount to negotiate crowds. Sound design aims to separate such disparate flows.
We have suggested ways to minimise the conflict and will be following this up with VicRoads.
News June 2015
- The new section heading east from Linsley St has been completed to Sagoe Lane. Discussions about the treatment of the section from Sagoe Lane to Middleborough Road are being held.
- The section from Heatherdale Rd to New St will go to tender mid year and should be built starting around September.
- Negotiations with Whitehorse council over the impasse at Brunswick Park are continuing.
- The Cochrane St bridge is being designed.
- Details of the path alignment not yet to be finalized should be completed by September this year.
- The complete project except for the Blackburn section should be completed by March 2016.
- The Blackburn section will be done with the grade separation a year later.
News 21 January 2015
Smart signs have been erected at the Linsley Street end of the section from Linsley to Sagoe Lane Box Hill. They advertise the BHRRT and the connection to Gardiners Creek trail. Earth has been scraped off along the future path for the wide trail. Completion due in March 2015.
News 30 November 2014
The contractor has taken occupation of the site at Linsley St. This is the commencement of the construction of the Linsley to Sagoe Lane Box Hill section.
News October 2014
There are many sections of the trail still to be done. VicRoads is now considering community input from its sessions in September 2014. This input was sought on route options for the many sections of the trail not yet completed.
View VicRoads map of the sections done and planned as of October 2014. (1.7 MB pdf)
For overall information about the planning and design go to the VicRoads pages about the trail.
News August -September 2014
There are many sections of the trail still to be done. VicRoads conducted feedback sessions for community input on route options.
- Wednesday 10 September, 10am to 12 noon, and 5pm to 7pm at Blackburn Elderly Citizens, 25 Central Road, Blackburn
- Thursday 11 September, 6pm to 8pm at Maroondah CC Ringwood Centre Offices, 1 Civic Place, Ringwood
- Saturday 13 September, 8:30am to 11am at Whitehorse CC Offices, Willis Room, 379 to 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
News July 2014
The Mitcham section of Box Hill to Ringwood trail is completed in the station area. That section was officially opened at 12.15pm on Wednesday 30 July by Ms. Dee Ryall, MP for Mitcham and by Hon. Terry Mulder, Minister for Transport.
See the youtube video
of the opening courtesy of Peter Campbell.
News April 2014
The Mitcham section of Box Hill to Ringwood trail is nearing completion with the majority of the concrete path laid. The exceptions are the east end of the path in the car park of the Mitcham Station and the winding path along the Linear Park down Brunswick Road. .
View pictures of the work near the Mitcham Station in late February 2014 and in late April 2014 at Brunswick Road looking west to Mitcham Road
The Mitcham work includes construction of Shared User Path from Walkers Road Nunawading to Mitcham Station.
News December 2013
We are in watching mode now as work on the railway grade separation goes on at Mitcham Road.
News September 2013
Two VicRoads officers attended our September Whitehorse Cyclists meeting to describe progress on the trail.
The Victorian State Government has published a Fact Sheet on the project so far. See the release on the documents page.
News July 2013
The Mitcham rail separation project has begun. Our project is tied in with the rail works which so far involve re-design of the station and associated works.
News May 2013
$10 million dollars has been set aside for the BHRRT (now being called a Bikeway) and been announced in the Whitehorse Leader. The amount is in the Victorian government budget recently published. It is under the items for the rail grade separation projects at Rooks and Mitcham Roads. See the statements from the Whitehorse Leader page 5 on 15 May 2013 pd file
News February 2013 Consideration of the way to link Gardiners Creek trail to the train stations of Laburnum and Box Hill from Albion Road /Middleborough Roads is going on within the Dept of Transport. This trail needs to link into the future BHRRT. At our February Club Night we heard a representative discuss the options being considered.
News January 2013 Work on Gardiners Creek trail at Canterbury and Middleborough Road has been done. This trail is due to link it into the future BHRRT. We are keenly interested in the design of the grade separation projects along the Belgrave line as we want easy progress for cyclists through these areas.
News July 2012 An announcement by Victorian Acting Planning Minister Michael O'Brien on 26 July 2012 of a special grant of $1.5 million towards connectivity improvements for the trail is very welcome. View the statement on the Documents page of this site.
Our nominees continue to contribute to the Planning Working Group for the BHRRT.
View the original detailed BHRRT proposal launched by the BHRRT project team of Whitehorse Cyclists on 2 August 2010.
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