The level crossing at Blackburn Road in Blackburn has been removed and trains are now running underneath Blackburn Road.

The project team including CPB Contractors, Aurecon and Arcadis will continue works through to mid-2017 to finalise upgrades to Blackburn Station and its surrounds.

What's happening

The level crossing at Blackburn Road is gone forever and trains on the Belgrave/Lilydale line are now running underneath the road.

Further work will continue through the first half of 2017 to complete the upgrades around the Blackburn Station precinct, the station car parks, and South Parade street-scape. The project team is continuing to build the new walking and cycling path from Blackburn Station to Nunawading and complete work on the two pedestrian bridges. This work is expected to be completed by the middle of 2017.

Cutting works in the Blackburn rail corridor

Image: Looking under Blackburn Road

Check out drone footage of the summer works period where we lowered the rail line beneath Blackburn Road and removed the level crossing for good:

Vehicles no longer need to wait for trains to pass to cross Blackburn Road. To check out a sneak peak of what it will all look like when work is fully complete check out the Blackburn animation below:

Timeline

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Date Stage
Early 2016 Construction commenced.
July 2016 Major construction for rail corridor for 9 days. Blackburn Road closed for approximately two weeks.
December 2016 Major construction starting late December with buses replacing trains for six weeks. Blackburn Road closed to traffic.
February 2017 Train line re opens early February with trains running underneath the new Blackburn Road Bridge.
Mid 2017 Project complete including new walking and cycling path, landscaping and an upgrade station precinct with new lifts, ramps and stairs.

Disruptions

Careful planning and scheduling will maintain road access and train services through much of the construction program, however some road, rail and station closures will be necessary to undertake works safely. See our planned travel disruptions page for details of upcoming disruptions.

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Construction impacts

Blackburn station car park closed until 31 May

The eastern car park off Railway Road will remain closed until 31 May 2017 while we continue our work around the Station.

Disability permit parking will be relocated to the western (opposite Station Street) car park during this time.

Alternative parking of up to 63 spaces can be found at 160 Whitehorse Road, Blackburn (enter via Railway Road).

We thank you for your patience while we undertake these works.

Design

Replanting plans

As part of the replanting and landscaping plans over 17,000 plants and shrubs will be planted along the project area in Blackburn. Approximately 230 trees of varying heights and species will also be planted within the community.

New plantings will be mostly native with some exotic species used in appropriate locations.

Walking and cycling path

As part of the Project we are delivering the Blackburn section of the VicRoads 10 Kilometre Box Hill to Ringwood walking and cycling path.

The final alignment of the path from Middleborough Road, Blackburn to Springvale Road, Nunawading will be south of the Belgrave-Lilydale railway line. A southern alignment, including grade separation at Blackburn Road is considered to provide a better level of service.

Design overview

This level crossing removal includes:

  • lowering the rail line below Blackburn Road
  • pedestrian crossings over the rail cutting at Cottage Street and King Street/Oliver Avenue, connecting the north and south sides
  • a new walking and cycling path between Blackburn and Nunawading.

The existing Blackburn Station will be retained, with enhancements to better integrate the station with Blackburn Village and improve the way people move around the precinct. This includes:

  • extensive drainage work to address the ongoing flooding in the underpass
  • enhancing the underpass entrances to let in more natural light
  • two new Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant ramps to improve access from South Parade and Railway Road to the underpass.
  • new canopies on either side of the underpass and landscaping of the forecourt.
  • two new lifts from the underpass to the central Station platforms and Railway Road. This is thanks to some strong advocacy by the community. A big thank you to the community representatives on the Stakeholder Liaison Group.

Publications

Fact sheets

Community updates

Community

We want to thank the local resident and traders for your ongoing patience and understanding during our construction works.

Local residents, businesses and other stakeholders are being kept up to date with the project and its progress via website updates, regular bulletins and letterbox drops, local newspaper advertising, onsite information boards and community information displays.

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