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 project scope will also upgrade rail systems, power and signalling along 72 kilometres of the rail line from Southern Cross Station to Pakenham and Cranbourne. Additionally we will extend station platforms to support 65 new, longer, High Capacity Metro Trains which, when finalised in late 2018, will enable an additional 20,000 passengers per day, or a 42 per cent capacity increase on the line.

The nine level crossings to be removed are Grange Road, Koornang Road, Murrumbeena Road, Poath Road, Clayton Road, Centre Road, Corrigan Road, Heatherton Road, and Chandler Road.
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 is delivering 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. You can read more about the elevated rail solution design in Why Rail Over?

In April 2016 it was announced that as a result of community feedback a range of measures had been incorporated into the project including, escalators at all the new stations with uninterrupted power supply, more bike paths with better lighting, noise walls and privacy screens along the structure, minimising the bulk of the elevated structure, relocating the Noble Park substation to provide greater open space, more car parking and providing an enhanced PSO facility at Noble Park Station to improve security for train users. For information view the Consultation Outcomes and Submissions Report.

In November 2016,  a range of improvements to the design of the new Murrumbeena Station building were announced including lowering the station canopies and installing a secondary entrance. For more information see the Project Design

The design for the removal of the nine level crossings creates over 225,000 square metres of open space, parklands and new community spaces and 17 kilometres of pedestrian and cyclist paths, creating a continuous path from Caulfield to the EastLink trail. The design will result in an overall reduction in noise throughout the corridor and surrounding area, allows for the retention of more mature trees and the opportunity to plant new larger species of trees adjacent to the rail line and reflects the local heritage value of the stations.

For more information view the following factsheets and publications:

Construction

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

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.

The section of elevated rail in Clayton and Noble Park will be constructed using traditional crane methods, large 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. Details on construction impacts can be found on each level crossing page.

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.

The project is committed to leaving a positive environmental legacy and has in place an Environmental Management Strategy PDF, 1.4 MB, which provides an overarching approach for the management of environmental risks and opportunities during construction. The project is implementing 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. Construction impacts will also be listed on the individual level crossing pages.

Consultation

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.

In November 2015, the Victorian Government released a consultation report PDF, 3.1 MB which summarised thousands of pieces of feedback received prior to the development of designs. This feedback 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. 

We have also commissioned research into Community sentiment towards the Caulfield to Dandenong level crossings removals.

We will continue to consult with the community on what the project means and how any potential impacts can be reduced.

Community

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. We are committed to engaging local suppliers where possible to promote business growth in the area.

We have recently launched our 'Shop Local' campaign to promote local businesses as well as encourage our large workforce and contractors to eat and shop locally. This campaign, as part of our trader support program has been launched in response to community feedback. View the Consultation Outcomes and Submissions Report for more information on how we are addressing community feedback.

Stakeholder liaison group

Stakeholder Liaison Groups have been established for the project as a key avenue for community involvement during project construction.As a result of community feedback groups were created for all three areas. The groups 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.

To request a copy of meeting minutes please email contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

Community open space expert panel

As a result of community feedback 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, as well as its long-term maintenance.

A $15 million dollar maintenance trust fund will be established to ensure that the new space is always safe, green and cared for. Given the importance of ensuring the spaces are well-maintained into the future, we are consulting with key stakeholders to determine the appropriate arrangements for the governance and administration of the fund. Required maintenance activities and suitable performance standards will be informed by the final design of the spaces, however such activities are expected to include graffiti removal, general grounds and landscape maintenance such as weeding, vegetation maintenance, litter collection and recycling services. The Community Open Space Expert Panel will have input into these decisions.

The Community Open Space Expert Panel 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, Victoria Police, and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.​

A call for public nominations was launched on 9 April 2016. Members of the community with a design background or interest in public space and urban design were encouraged to apply. The nominees were considered against a set of selection criteria and members were appointed based on their suitability to provide community input to the development of open public spaces.

Meetings commenced in June 2016 and it is expected that the panel will continue to meet until 30 June 2017.

Learn more about COSEP Bicycle Network

View the video and transcript for the COSEP Bicycle Network video

The panel welcomes community feedback and innovative ideas on the 22.5 hectares of new open space that will be created. To provide feedback or for further information on the Community Open Space Expert Panel please telephone 1800 762 667 or email contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

Clayton Returned Services League

During consultation on the proposed design comments were made about the impacts on, and the opportunities for the Clayton Avenue of Honour. We are working with Clayton Returned Services League (RSL) to build a new Avenue of Honour memorial commemorating the legacy of local servicemen and women and providing a multi-use community space.

For more information on how community feedback has guided project decisions view the Consultation Outcomes and Submissions Report.

Chisolm Institute

A new training and jobs partnership with Chisholm Institute – the New Employment Exchange and Training (NEXT) centre – has been established as part of the project.  The project will create 2000 new jobs, with at least 200 being apprentices or graduate engineers. 

For more information on how community feedback has guided project decisions view the Consultation Outcomes and Submissions Report.

Voluntary purchase scheme

During our recent consultation, we heard from residents closest to the rail corridors that they would like to know more about what options are available to manage the changes that will happen near their properties. In response we have introduced a Voluntary Purchase Scheme and a fencing and landscaping program. View the Consultation Outcomes and Submissions Report for more information on how we are addressing community feedback.

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. Fencing and landscaping packages are also available to eligible property owners.

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, or refer to the Voluntary Purchase Scheme: Guiding Principles for more information.

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.

Learn more about station dismantling and salvaging

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