The Level Crossing Removal Project: Caulfield to Dandenong is removing nine level crossings and rebuilding five stations. The Cranbourne Pakenham train line is Melbourne's busiest and is crossed by some of our most congested roads, with boom gates down for up to 82 minutes during the morning peak.

Overview

The Level Crossing Removal Project: Caulfield to Dandenong is removing nine level crossings and building five new stations at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park. The Cranbourne Pakenham train line is Melbourne's busiest and is crossed by some of our most congested roads, with boom gates down for up to 82 minutes during the morning peak. 

Removing these level crossings will improve safety and reduce congestion on Melbourne's busiest rail corridor and create a more reliable train service capable of carrying more trains and more people.

An Alliance including Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aurecon and Metro Trains Melbourne has been formally awarded the contract for the project.

View the video and transcript for the Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removal project overview video

Design

In February 2016, the Victorian Government released proposed designs, involving an elevated rail solution. Read more about the designs in our Why Rail Over? fact sheet and frequently asked questions. We are currently refining and finalising the design for the level crossing removal project. A range of measures have been incorporated into the project as a result of community feedback, including escalators at all the new stations, more bike paths with better lighting, noise walls along the structure, and more car parking. For information on design changes announced to date, view the Consultation Outcomes and Submissions Report.

The design will result in an overall reduction in noise throughout the corridor and surrounding area through the use of considered design measures. For more information view the preliminary noise report and the understanding rail noise and vibration fact sheet

The design will provide a 17 kilometre shared path for commuter and recreational cyclists and pedestrians. Over 12 kilometres of shared path will be built, joining existing paths to create a continuous route from Caulfield to the EastLink trail.  For more information view the bike and pedestrian path factsheet

The design integrates transport objectives with significant opportunities for urban renewal and new community spaces. For more information view the urban design factsheet

The design allows for the retention of more mature trees and the opportunity to plant new larger species of trees adjacent to the rail line, as well as in the new areas of open space that are created. For more information view the trees and vegetation factsheet.

Construction

Major construction to remove nine level crossings, rebuild five new stations and create new open spaces on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line will commence in July 2016.

The construction team will use a variety of methods to build the new elevated structures.

Due to the narrow rail corridor between Grange Road and Poath Road the construction team will be using a gantry crane to build  the elevated structure. The narrow rail corridor in this section means that craning in sections of the structure is not possible. Instead, the project will be using an advanced gantry crane that will feed an automated carrier. The carrier will drive along the existing elevated structure laying sections of deck onto the support piers.

This innovative construction method is being used for the first time in Victoria and will mean that more work can be done while trains are running. Safe viewing decks will be set up at key locations to see this impressive feat of engineering in action.The section of elevated rail in Clayton and Noble Park will be constructed using a traditional crane method, large 'Super T' beams will be driven to site and lifted into place using large cranes.

An animation showing the different construction techniques is available here:

Disruptions

A key benefit of the design is that it can be built over existing rail lines while the majority of train services continue to operate, minimising disruption for the community and passengers.

The project will still require some closures of roads and rail lines, these will be listed on our planned travel disruptions page or on the individual level crossing pages.

View the planned travel disruptions page

Parking

As we build five new stations at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park we will impact on the parking available at the existing stations for extended periods of time.  Refer to the relevant level crossing pages for detailed information.

To offset the temporary loss of car spaces at these stations we will be constructing additional car parking at these stations:

  • Holmesglen Station: 170 additional spaces. Opening 30 July 2016*
  • Sandown Park Station: 166 additional spaces. Opening 31 July 2016*
  • East Malvern Station: 172 additional spaces. Opening stage 1, 30 July 2016* and stage 2, 7 August 2016*
  • Huntingdale Station: 92 additional spaces. Opening 7 August 2016*
  • Glen Huntly: Opening December 2016*

* Weather dependant.

We encourage station car park users to consider using these alternative carparks or using alternative means of transport to your regular station.

Traders

Working with traders

The Level Crossing Removal Project: Caulfield to Dandenong is working closely with local traders to minimise the impacts of construction where we can, and ensure access at all times. The Level Crossing Removal Authority is committed to engaging local suppliers where possible to promote business growth in the area. We will soon be launching our 'Shop Local' campaign which will be promoting local businesses as well as encouraging our large workforce and contractors to eat and shop locally.

Consultation

In November 2015, the Victorian Government released a consultation report PDF, 3.1 MB which summarised thousands of pieces of feedback received during consultation, covering a range of topics including design, public open space, local parking, noise, safety and environment. This feedback was gathered prior to the development of designs and was used to inform the bidders as they developed solutions for the removal of the nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong.

In April 2016, the Victorian Government released the updated Consultation Outcomes and Submissions Report which summarised thousands of pieces of feedback received during consultation on the proposed designs developed by the successful bidder. Feedback covered a range of topics including design, public open space, local parking, noise, safety and environment. 

Local communities, traders and residents have provided valuable input to the project, with more than 2,200 people attending consultation sessions, 170 one-on-one meetings with local residents, 1,573 written submissions, 2,200 resident phone survey responses and more than 1000 face-to-face interviews.

The Level Crossing Removal Authority also commissioned research into Community sentiment towards the Caulfield to Dandenong level crossings removals.

In direct response to community feedback, a range of measures have been incorporated into the project, including:

  • Installation of new escalators at Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Hughesdale stations, in addition to those already included in designs for Clayton and Noble Park stations
  • Investigating additional car parking at key locations along the corridor
  • Providing an enhanced PSO facility at Noble Park Station to improve security for train users
  • Looking at, and consulting the surrounding community on, optimised lighting on shared walking and cycling paths
  • Implementing a creative urban design program with local schools, community groups and/or artists to minimise graffiti
  • Extending the off-road cycle path further to complete the 'missing link' for a continuous path from Caulfield to the EastLink trail
  • Improving connectivity with bus services through the location of drop-off and pick-up zones, proximity of bus stops to train stations and road connections
  • Providing a trader support program to provide ongoing, sustainable support to local businesses during construction, including a 'buy local' program and independent mentoring and training services
  • Providing opportunities for local job creation and employment through formal training programs and incentives to employ local young people.

These measures build on the Government's initial response to community feedback including implementing a Voluntary Purchase Scheme and fencing and landscaping works for residents living closest to elevated sections of the train line, establishing an Open Space Expert Panel, and a trust which will ensure the public open space is maintained into the future.

We will continue to consult with the community on what the project means and how any potential impacts can be reduced. Feedback received will continue to help to inform decision-making about the project. 

Social pinpoint

At our community sessions held throughout 2015, we asked people to provide input into how we can apply urban design to the nine level crossing removals between Caulfield and Dandenong. Using a Social Pinpoint map, we captured feedback about what is important in the local area, including opportunities, concerns and expectations, which will inform the designs. 

View the Caulfield to Dandenong Social Pinpoint map.

Stakeholder liaison group

A Stakeholder Liaison Group has been established for the project as a key avenue for community involvement during project construction.

The Stakeholder Liaison Group is playing an advisory role in ensuring all individuals and groups affected by the project, have an adequate opportunity to learn about and offer feedback on construction activities.

Community open space expert panel

A Community Open Space Expert Panel has been established for the project to oversee plans for the 22.5 hectares of new public open space that will be created by elevating the Cranbourne Pakenham Line. 

The body is chaired by the Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Professor Tim Entwisle and includes members of local communities and councils, as well as organisations such as Bicycle Victoria and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.‚Äč 

For more information on the new open space that will be created view the Public open space and parklands factsheet.

Customer journey survey and travel trial

We are currently conducting a survey to better understand journey experiences and potential changes to commuters' routines as a result of planned disruptions due to level crossing removal works.

We also have 35 free 28-day myki passes to give away to Cranbourne - Pakenham rail line commuters interested in participating in a travel trial.

Complete the survey and register your interest to participate in the travel trial.

Voluntary purchase scheme

Measures are now available for eligible property owners most likely to be affected by elevated rail as part of the Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removals. These include a voluntary purchase scheme and fencing and landscaping package. 

During consultation, we heard from residents closest to the rail corridor that they would like to know more about what options are available to manage the changes that will happen near their properties. In response, the Level Crossing Removal Authority is introducing options for eligible property owners most affected by an elevated rail structure to help manage changes from the project.

Under the voluntary purchase scheme, the government will offer to purchase residential properties most impacted by the project on a voluntary basis – this means that eligible owners have the option of selling their property to the Level Crossing Removal Authority.

The scheme will generally be available to owners of residential properties that directly abut the rail corridor (or is separated from the rail corridor only by a disused right of way or common property) and will be materially impacted by the elevated structure. Refer to the Voluntary Purchase Scheme: Guiding Principles for more information.

No compulsory land acquisition is required to deliver the Caulfield to Dandenong project. Any decision for owners to sell their homes to the Government will be entirely voluntary. 

Learn more about the voluntary purchase scheme

Learn more about the fencing and landscaping program

Counselling

We have been out talking with local people and are aware of concerns about the designs. We have established a counselling service for people who are under stress and would like to talk with a professional counsellor. The counselling number is 1300 361 008. For general enquiries or to speak with a member of the project team, phone 1800 762 667.

Stay updated

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.

View the latest construction updates

Videos

If you'd like to learn more about different aspects of the design including landscaping, urban design, construction and noise then refer to the videos below.

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