Alphington Link

We’re connecting cyclists and pedestrians in Alphington to the Darebin Creek Trail with a new off-road path—the Alphington Link.  

Project update

We’ve been working through detailed planning and design work, to deliver this important link for the local Alphington community.

Following our information sessions in December 2021, we asked the community to provide feedback on our designs. Feedback has now closed, and we thank all members of the community who took the time to review the planning documentation and submit feedback via the project mailbox. Read the feedback summary here [PDF 1.86 Mb].

As part of next steps, we’re now submitting an application to the Minister for Planning to exercise powers under Section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to ‘fast track’ the planning process.

We’ll be back in touch later in the year to confirm final designs and outline the next steps to deliver the Alphington Link.

About the Project

The Victorian Government is investing $9.1 million to plan and develop a direct connection from Alphington to the Darebin-Yarra Trail – The Alphington Link.

To better connect the local Alphington community to the trail and Melbourne’s strategic cycling network, we’re building a new 3.5-metre-wide clear shared user path that will take pedestrians and cyclists safely over Latrobe Golf Club land.

The 120-metre-long link will start from Farm Road and connect in with the Darebin-Yarra Trail, ensuring the local community will no longer need to use busy Heidelberg Road to access the trail.

Alphington Link - Artist impression

Artist's impression: Alphington Link

Artist's impression: approaching the link from the Darebin Creek Trail

Frequently asked questions

VicRoads considered several different options to connect the Alphington community to the Darebin-Yarra Trail including:

  • Building a path connecting Old Heidelberg Road to the Darebin-Yarra Trail
  • Building a path along the Latrobe Golf Club boundary traversing the rear of properties along Lucerne Crescent 
  • Building a path connecting Farm Road to the Darebin-Yarra Trail through Latrobe Golf Club
  • Building a new shared path and a bridge on the southern road reserve of Heidelberg Road
  • Building a path connecting View Street to the Darebin-Yarra Trail with a bridge over the Yarra

A shared user path is for the use of pedestrians and bike riders and designed to standards to provide access for everyone, including people who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices. 

Shared user paths are typically between 2.5 metres and 3.5 metres in width, depending on whether the path is recognised as a local access path, regional path or a recreational path.

The gradient (steepness) of shared user paths needs to be designed to standards for accessibility with landing areas used at intervals to achieve acceptable gradients.  

 

The Farm Road link was selected as the preferred option as it is the most direct route for a shared user path to the Darebin Creek Trail that can be built without causing significant impacts on the creek environment or impeding the Darebin Creek floodplain. The Farm Road link is comparatively the shortest and lowest cost option, with other assessed options needing longer structures to be built to acceptable gradient standards.

We considered several alignment options including accessing the trail via Old Heidelberg Road. This route was not preferred due to the technical constraints of the location and requirement to make the path accessible for everyone to use, conflict between trail users, pedestrians and vehicles, and as this alignment would have heavily impacted the environment and flood plain.  

Access to the Darebin-Yarra trail is possible via old Heidelberg Road but cannot be delivered to an appropriate shared user path standard without significant capital and environmental cost. 

An informal access path which does not comply with accessibility requirements could be considered to connect the road to the trail, however this path would not comply with the commitment to connect the Alphington community to the Darebin-Yarra Trail to an acceptable standard and with minimal impact on the surrounding environment.  

 

Community engagement

In late 2018, we engaged with several key stakeholders including Alphington Grammar School, Council and Melbourne Water to discuss potential alignment options for the local Alphington link. 

We also formed a stakeholder reference group compromising of representatives from a number of community interest groups including local schools and the community coalition for the Darebin Creek trail. 

The preference from these key stakeholders was for the alignment to be the safest and most direct route that ensured cyclists and pedestrians no longer needed to use busy Heidelberg Road to access the local Alphington community. 

Based on this feedback, the proposed option of a direct route from Farm Road, through Latrobe Golf Club land to the Darebin Creek Trail will best meet the needs of stakeholders and the community.

Consultation on the designs

We presented our designs to the community in December 2021 at two online information sessions. Following these sessions, we invited the community to provide feedback on the designs. Our formal submission period is now closed, however you can get in touch with us by sending an email to [email protected].

Benefits of the local Alphington Link

The local link will provide the local community of Alphington more direct and safer access to the Darebin Creek Trail and subsequently the network of other trails. 

Cycling/walking trails encourage people to participate in recreational cycling and hiking as well as making it safer and more enjoyable to commute to work and exercise.

Shared-use trails provide benefits to a broad demographic, including families, school children, older people and people with disabilities.   

Environmental assessment

Download the Flora & Fauna Assessment & Impact Analysis

Contact us

To find out more about the project please contact us. 

Email:  [email protected]

Write:  Alphington Link, VicRoads, 12 Lakeside Drive, Burwood East 3151 

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