The Caulfield to Dandenong: Level Crossing Removal Project 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 Caulfield to Dandenong: Level Crossing Removal Project is removing nine level crossings and building five new stations at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park. The Pakenham-Cranbourne 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.

The design reflects the local heritage value of stations. The new station precincts at Carnegie and Murrumbeena will continue to reflect the historical values and local character while Clayton Station's heritage-listed waiting shelter will be protected, re-used and re-purposed within the parkland and open space created by the project. For more information view the Station heritage fact sheet.

Construction

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

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 use 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 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 traditional crane methods, large 'Super T' beams will be delivered to site and lifted into place using large cranes.

For more information on the construction methodology, the benefits and what to expect during construction view this factsheet.

An animation showing the different construction techniques is available here:

Planning and approvals

Construction of the project will occur in accordance with a number of approvals already obtained,  or which are required to be obtained prior to the commencement of relevant works.  These approvals include planning approval, a Cultural Heritage Management Plan approved in accordance with Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 and permits granted under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and Heritage Act 1995.  These plans and approvals will ensure that the project gives appropriate consideration to the local environment.

The project is committed to leaving a positive environmental legacy and will implement site-specific environmental management controls at a localised level to protect and manage environmental values as appropriate. These controls will ensure compliance with relevant regulatory and policy requirements, including those of the Environment Protection Authority. Native vegetation management is an important part of our environmental management framework. Site surveys have been undertaken to identify ecological values and visual inspections of the corridor by wildlife experts occur prior to tree removal. We will also be ensuring that impacts to any threatened species present within the corridor are managed in accordance with the relevant legislation, including the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and Wildlife Act 1975.

A Cultural Heritage Management Plan has been approved in accordance with the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 to ensure the appropriate management of Aboriginal heritage values. Sites of local heritage significance will be managed in accordance with the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Disruptions

The project requires 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

Traders

Working with traders

We are 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. 

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 Pakenham-Cranbourne 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.​ 

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

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. 

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

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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