The Caulfield to Dandenong: Level Crossing Removal Project is removing nine level crossings and rebuilding five stations. 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.
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 also includes an upgrade of rail systems, power and signalling along 72 kilometres of the rail line from Southern Cross Station to Pakenham and Cranbourne, and extending 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.
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.
In February 2016, the Victorian Government released proposed designs, involving an elevated rail solution. Read more about the designs in Why Rail Over? and frequently asked questions. 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, creating a continuous route from Caulfield to the EastLink trail. For more information view the bike and pedestrian path factsheet. The design will also create over 225,000 square meters of open space and parklands, and new community spaces. For more information view the Public open space and parklands 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. 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.
Major construction to remove nine level crossings, rebuild five new stations and create new open spaces on the Pakenham-Cranbourne 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 '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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
To request a copy of meeting minutes please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 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 by the Level Crossing Removal Authority 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.
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 email@example.com.
Voluntary purchase scheme
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.
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.
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 landscaping
Learn more about construction
Learn more about the look and feel
Learn more about noise
Learn more about vegetation
Learn more about station heritage
Learn more about station dismantling and salvaging