This document presents the outcomes of an architectural design studio that set out to explore the potential of elevated rail as a method for level-crossing removal in Melbourne rail corridors.
The studio used a design-research approach to explore options for elevated rail along the Frankston line. The students began by analysing existing conditions along the Frankston corridor, while also examining local and international precedents for elevated structures. Key stakeholders including PTV, VicRoads and Kingston City Council, as well as numerous planning, design and construction professionals, provided valuable guidance and expertise during this process.
Key components of the corridor context included: the width of the rail corridor; the proximity of adjacent development; distributions of land use, especially local public open spaces, pedestrian and cycle networks; planning schemes controls (including heritage) and future land use intensification. Comparisons of community and open space connectivity with various scenarios for level crossing removal were made.
This analysis was integrated into a series of design studies that tested the implications of various viaduct and station design options in their local context. These studies explored the implications of different viaduct heights, means of approach, circulation, as well as place-making strategies. The design proposals addressed a series of essential criteria covering amenity, connectivity, accessibility, disruptiveness, safety, economic development and future proofing.
The main body of this booklet includes the most promising proposals produced in the studio under each category. It also provides an overview of design proposals for elevated rail at each station from Southland to Kananook.