6 July 2016
Major construction to remove the nine level crossings between Dandenong and the City is about to begin.
From early August, two 'gantry cranes' weighing 230 tonnes will be installed near Murrumbeena Station in readiness for an advanced engineering feat never seen before in Victoria.
The huge gantry cranes — 40 metres wide and 150 metres long — will be used to install 2,500 locally-manufactured segments of the new elevated rail while trains are running below.
This methodology significantly reduces the impact on passengers and nearby residents during construction.
Until mid-2018 there will be impacts on commuter car parking while the five elevated train stations are built:
- 31 July – full closure of Murrumbeena Station car park
- 1 August – closure of Noble Park Mons Parade car park
- 7 August – partial closure of Carnegie Station Morton Avenue car park and then full closure from late August/early September.
To ease the pain of these disruptions at these stations, offset car parking spaces will be available within 15 minutes' drive at the following stations:
- 172 spaces available at East Malvern Station from late July (Glen Waverley Line)
- 170 spaces at Holmesglen Station (from late July) (Glen Waverley Line)
- 166 spaces available at Sandown Park Station (from late July)
- 92 spaces available at Huntingdale Station (from August).
Watch the incredible construction method that will be used in the following animation: