The Level Crossing Removal Authority is removing nine dangerous and congested level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong by elevating the rail line in three sections. As well as making the community safer and less congested, this will also create 22.5 hectares of new community open space.
This open space will transform a narrow corridor into Melbourne’s newest urban parkland.
For more information view the Melbourne's newest urban parkland factsheet.
Key features include a linear parkland, a 17 kilometre walking/cycling path which will extend from Monash University’s Caulfield Campus to the East Link Trail and seven new recreational areas for the community to enjoy.Additionally, we will installing more than 400 brand new car parks and planting more than 30,000 new trees and shrubs.
For more information on the shared use path view the bicycle and pedestrian path factsheet.
An extensive consultation program took place in 2016 and 2017 for the 22.5 hectares of new open space.
In August 2017, we released the Community Open Space Expert Panel Report which highlighted the panel’s feedback and recommendations for the project’s 22.5 hectares of new open space.
We also released the Open Space Consultation Report which highlighted the feedback, ideas and recommendations received from the community, businesses and stakeholders and how they have been incorporated into the open space design.
A $15 million maintenance fund is being provided for the long-term care of the new open space. This will allow for graffiti removal, weeding, cleaning and rubbish collection.
The new urban park will be complete in late 2018. Works will kick off once the current rail line has been moved onto the elevated structure and the old tracks are removed.
Vegetation and tree planting will be last, to minimise damage to trees and plants during construction works.
On 13 November 2017 we released the finalised designs for the 22.5 hectares of new community open space.
The below maps show an aerial view of the open space design.