activities adjacent to the railway operating corridor.
Railway corridor environs
focuses on land and activities adjacent to the railway operating corridor. Along the length of the corridor, adjacent land may accommodate a variety of uses including streets
and roads, public open
space, residential or commercial development.
Railway corridors contribute to an effective movement
network. Railway corridors may carry metropolitan passenger, regional passenger
or freight trains. Railway corridor crossing points channel and concentrate
pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle movement to specific locations.
Railway crossing points are used by both commuters
and the general public. Crossing points
can be existing at-grade or new
grade-separated crossings. Grade separated crossings
are either by an underpass (subway) or
an overpass (footbridge). The design
of new transport routes and new developments, where applicable, must provide for
grade separation at railway crossings except with the approval of the Minister
for Public Transport.
Why is it
Some railway corridors, due to their length and
widely-spaced safe crossing points, can be a barrier to movement in the wider
area. Space adjacent to the railway operating corridor, if safely separated,
can provide opportunities for linear open space, and pedestrian and bicycle
paths. Railway stations and crossing points along the corridor can be locations
for more intense activity.
Some train operations can result in noise and
vibration effects on nearby properties, especially where a freight service
operates or the track curves or climbs, or where there is a signalised level
crossing. Development within the railway corridor environs should consider the
potential amenity impacts of the railway operating corridor, and constraints on
This element provides design guidance for the immediate
surroundings of railway corridors. It does not include design considerations
within the operational rail corridor. The engineering, servicing
or management issues of the public transport modes are guided by other
appropriate authorities. See also Public Transport Guidelines for Land Use and
Development (Department of Transport 2008) and also the Guideline sources and
references for a list of technical guidance.
2 Movement network
4.1 Public transport environs principles