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 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. 

Construction will begin towards the middle of 2016 and by the end of 2018, all level crossings between Dandenong and Melbourne's CBD will be removed.

Level crossing sites

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

About the project

The Cranbourne Pakenham train line is Melbourne's busiest and is crossed by some of our most congested roads. That's why it is so important to get on with removing the nine level crossings between Caulfield to Dandenong.

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.

The elevated rail design allows the rail corridor to be transformed into over 2250,000 square metres (or six kilometres) of linear park – creating the equivalent of 11 MCGs of new open space, community facilities, parks, playgrounds and car parking.

This means:

  • No more level crossings
  • New stations
  • New parks and facilities
  • Less noise and disruption
  • More car parking
  • Thousands of jobs.

In April 2016, an Alliance including Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aurecon and Metro Trains Melbourne was formally awarded the contract for the project.

Consultation

In April 2016, the Victorian Government released the Consultation Outcomes and Submissions Report 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. 

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.

A range of measures have been incorporated into the project as a result of this feedback, including escalators at all the new stations, more bike paths with better lighting, noise walls along the structure, and more car parking.

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. 

View previous consultations

Stakeholder liaison group

A Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG) is being established for the level crossing removal project as a key avenue for community involvement during project construction.

The SLG will play 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.

Thank you to all those who nominated to be a part of the SLG - Nominations have now closed.

Community open space expert panel

A Community Open Space Expert Panel has been established for the Caulfield to Dandenong: level crossing removal 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.​

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 (LXRA) is introducing options for eligible property owners most affected by an elevated rail structure to help manage changes from the project. This includes a voluntary purchase scheme and a significant 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 LXRA. The scheme will generally be available to owners of residential properties that share a boundary with the rail corridor, and that are most impacted by the elevated structure in the tightest area of the corridor. 

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

If you want to learn more or determine if you are eligible for this scheme, please contact us on 1800 762 667.

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.

Planned travel 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 elevated rail solution also minimises the number of trucks on the road during construction. 

The project will still require some closures of roads and rail lines, these will be listed on our planned travel disruptions page.

View the planned travel disruptions page

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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Next steps

We are currently refining and finalising the design for the level crossing removals, which includes building five new stations. While the government is committed to the elevated design, there are still some elements to be finalised, including seeking the Open Space Expert Panel's advice on the design of new public spaces, and having further discussions with the community about noise walls and privacy screening.

Early works have commenced including non-native vegetation removal, installation of fences and site preparation. All level crossings will be removed by the end of 2018.

Activities will usually occur during normal construction working hours - Monday to Friday, 7:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 7:00am to 5:00pm. While there may be periods of noise resulting from machinery use, every effort will be made to minimise impacts on residents.

If you have any questions about these activities, or would like more information, please phone us on 1800 762 667 or contact us via contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

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.