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Council's advocacy

Overwhelmingly our community has told us that you agree the Suburban Rail Loop is a game changer for transport in Victoria and for shaping Glen Waverley’s future.

However, you also told us that you share our key concerns of the project’s design:

  • That the existing Glen Waverley station should be undergrounded with a direct pedestrian connection to the new SRL station.
  • That Myrtle Street should be extended to create a ring road to support Council’s long-term vision for a more pedestrian friendly environment on Kingsway.
  • That off-street parking options need to be considered close to businesses in Kingsway.

You can read more about Council's concerns below.

What you can do

Before November’s Victorian election you may be visited by candidates at your house, called on the phone or approached at the shops. Tell them you support SRL in Glen Waverley, but if we’re going to build it, build it right.

Ask them:

  • How will they ensure the SRL project creates a future thriving Glen Waverley?
  • What will they do to ensure the SRL station connects underground with the existing Glen Waverley station without street closures?
  • How can we save Kingsway from more traffic so it can be made more pedestrian friendly?
  • How the SRL Authority will ensure there is car parking available close to our businesses?

Suburban Rail Loop - Build it, and build it right

About the SRL

The Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) will be a new 90 km railway line that will link all the major metropolitan rail lines (including the Glen Waverley Line) to improve public transport options for getting around Melbourne. With a station to be built at Glen Waverley, it will be possible to catch the train from Glen Waverley to Monash University, Deakin University, Southland, Box Hill and Melbourne Airport (as well as many other options).

The SRL project is currently in a planning phase that is being overseen by the Suburban Rail Loop Authority (SRLA). Council has been engaging with the SRLA for about 18 months about the new Glen Waverley Station. However, we are increasingly concerned that the SRLA is not giving sufficient consideration to how the new station will connect with the existing area around it.

Council's concerns

The Glen Waverley SRL station precinct sits within the Glen Waverley Activity Centre. Development is guided by the Glen Waverley Activity Centre Structure Plan (2014). Amendment C120 was gazetted in 2018 which incorporated the GWAC Structure Plan into the Planning Scheme.

Planning and building activity over many years, has anticipated future lowering of Glen Waverley station below ground to enable better flow, activation of land over the station and pedestrian improvements to Kingsway.

The SRL Project triggers changes, particularly potential loss or relocation of parking and poorer traffic flow. Council believes lowering the Glen Waverley Metro station would improve these issues.

This formed part of Council’s EES submission. The SRLA has advised it will not be progressing this option.

Council is now seeking a connected underground pedestrian platform between the new SRL station and the existing Glen Waverley station. The SRLA instead wants to close a section of Coleman Parade to provide a pedestrian crossing above ground, connecting the two stations.

Council believes this is a missed opportunity to have a more integrated and connected station, similar to Box Hill Station which is below a shopping centre. This would also allow for a long overdue enhancement of the existing Glen Waverley Station.

SRLA have advised this is out of scope for its project.

Advocating for Glen Waverley

The Minister for Planning required the preparation of an Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the SRL East project. Submissions were invited on this in late 2021 and the Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) held a 10-week hearing, which concluded on 5 May 2022.

Council's submission outlined its concerns with the lack of regard given to Council's long term land use planning for the Glen Waverley Activity Centre. The structure plan is dependent upon the staged upgrade and intensification of 4 inter-related land uses:

  • Public transport (deliver a centrally located and integrated public transport hub)
  • Road network and public realm (redirect through traffic away from the retail and entertainment spine)
  • Retail and entertainment (upgrade the core retail and entertainment spine)
  • Mixed use development (intensify business and residential uses at key development sites)

The Suburban Rail Loop East project has the potential to realise the vision of our structure plan, but falls short on several key aspects:

  • no delivery of an integrated and revitalised transport hub for the activity centre, with a new station that does not integrate with the existing metro station and bus interchange
  • no integration of the station with Council's proposed upgrade to the Kingsway spine
  • no delivery or protection of the potential for delivery of an integrated transport hub and associated air rights development over the existing metro station
  • no provision for release of land for the activity centre ring road which is required to redirect traffic to the perimeter of the centre with associated parking and to deliver a safe, walkable and cycle friendly centre

Council's proposal meets all the planned elements of the structure plan.

All documents tabled at the hearing can be found on the Suburban Rail Loop East Inquiry and Advisory Committee Engage Victoria Web Page.

Next steps

The IAC will generate a report for the Minister for Planning by 23 June 2022. The Minister’s assessment is expected in August 2022.

Council had previously identified a suitable parcel of its land for redevelopment as a mixed-use multi-level car park at 31–39 Montclair Avenue. It had progressed feasibility and design work for this car park so that construction could have started.

The SRLA informed Council of its intention to acquire this site (amongst a number of other Council-owned land parcels) as the preferred location for the Suburban Rail Loop’s Glen Waverley station. This meant that it was no longer feasible to continue with the Montclair project. The acquisition also means that approximately 300 additional car spaces, which are currently on the site where the car park was to be built, also need to be provided for somewhere else in the Activity Centre.

As a result of the SRLA’s notification that they intend to acquire the land, Council undertook alternative site investigations and identified an existing Council-owned multi-level car park at 1–5 Bogong Avenue. Council identified this as a site that could accommodate some of the additional and replacement car parking to meet the needs of the GWAC.

Council expects the Bogong Avenue design to accommodate approximately 370-518 additional car spaces depending on the design development and approval process. It also expects a further 336 car spaces to be provided elsewhere in the GWAC and will continue to work with the SRLA towards achieving this outcome. It is imperative that an acceptable and appropriate solution for providing these car spaces is found. In particular, the car spaces need to be close to and easily accessible to the Kingsway spine, the heart of the Activity Centre.


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