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.

The boom gates at Hughesdale's Poath Road level crossing are down for up to 72 minutes during the weekday peak between 7:00am and 9:00am, impacting travel times for thousands of motorists and for all road users.


The Poath Road level crossing removal is part of the Caulfield to Dandenong project, which involves removing nine level crossings and rebuilding five new stations at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park.

Learn more about the Caulfield to Dandenong project.

Check out some of the progress being made between Caulfield and Hughesdale in this drone footage.


A project of the size and complexity of the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project involves a considerable amount of design work to arrive at the finished product. The project is split into 160 individual design packages. We prioritise these packages and progressively pass them onto the construction team when complete. Staging the design in this way is typical of a major infrastructure project and allows us to start and finish sooner. Check out our Project Design fact sheet for more information.

On 25 September 2017 the finalised design for Hughesdale Station was released. View the Hughesdale Station design fact sheet.

For the most recent design information on the elevated structure visit Project Design.

Before and after images of the design

Aerial map

The maps below show an aerial view of the design. These maps were updated in January 2017 to reflect pier placement and elevated structure height. They will be progressively updated as the design develops. To ensure they are viewable on mobiles, tablets and desktops, we've split the images into sections. Please click on any of the images to open the image gallery.

Construction impacts

Hughesdale Station

Station closure

Hughesdale Station will be closed until mid-2018 so we can remove the Poath Road level crossing, construct elevated tracks and rebuild the station.

Train replacement buses will operate between Caulfield and Oakleigh stations, stopping at Poath Road.

Customers for Hughesdale Station are encouraged to change at Murrumbeena and Oakleigh stations to board the train replacement bus to Hughesdale.

The new Hughesdale Station will open mid-2018. The station will be rebuilt on the western side of Poath Road.

Pedestrian access changes

The shared use path located on the south side of Hughesdale Station, between Poath Road and Galbally Reserve, is closed until mid-2018. Please follow detour signs in place via Poath Road and Arthur Street.

Poath Road pedestrian level crossing (eastern side) is closed until mid-2018. Please detour via the pedestrian crossing on the western side of Poath Road. The long-term closure is due to construction activities in this area.

During the off-peak periods, the shared use path from the eastern end of Oakleigh Station to Colin Road in Clayton may be required to close for deliveries.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused during these closures.

We attempt to minimise the impact by completing works in off-peak periods, however with some works the path must close for longer periods of time.

On-street parking closure

The four-hour on-street parking and the pedestrian footpath on the south side of Willesden Road near Poath Road is now closed until early 2018.

For your safety, please observe any signage and instructions put in place during these works.

Road changes

Following the demolition of Hughesdale Station, construction has started with slow lane closures intermittently in place at Poath Road level crossing until June 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30am nightly. Two-way traffic will be maintained during these lane closures.

Willesden Road, Hughesdale, is closed westbound for a 140-metre section from Poath Road until early 2018.

Access to Poath Road from Willesden Road will be via Corr Street and Euston Road. Access for residents and businesses will be maintained.

Your Hughesdale traders are open for business during all of our works. Help support them by shopping local.

We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation while we carry out these important works.

For your safety, please observe any signage and instructions put in place during these works.

Car park closures

Hughesdale Station car park on the northern side of Poath Road opposite Willesden Road, is now closed until mid-2018.

To ensure there is no loss of parking for rail customers during construction, East Malvern Station, Holmesglen Station, Huntingdale Station car parks have been extended to provide approximately 420 additional car spaces.

Further information

Call: 1800 762 667 (business hours – Monday to Friday and during out of hours works).
Murrumbeena Info Hub: 444 Neerim Road, Murrumbeena. Open Monday and Wednesday, 9:00am to 5:00pm; Thursday from 9:00am to noon and 3:00pm to 7:00pm, and Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm.


Stay updated

Local residents, businesses and other stakeholders will be 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.

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Support services

We encourage any community members needing support in relation to the project to access our free and independent community counselling service. The service is provided by New View Psychology who has  qualified clinical and counselling psychologists available to provide support.

For confidential assistance call 1300 830 687 and quote CSLX.