7 February 2016
The Victorian Government has released proposed designs for the nine level crossing removals between Caulfield and Dandenong, featuring elevated sections of rail and transforming Melbourne's busiest rail corridor into public open space.
The $1.6 billion project to remove every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong also includes five new stations to be built at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park, and upgraded signalling and power along the corridor.
The innovative design centres on three sections of modern elevated rail, which will create 225,000 square metres – the equivalent of 11 MCGs – of community open space for new parks, playgrounds, sporting facilities, car parking and a range of other uses that will be chosen by locals.
This modern design built over the existing rail line will also spare passengers and drivers years of disruption during construction. The majority of the work can be completed with trains and roads running normally.
We are inviting the community to have their say on the proposed designs by visiting our Your Suburb, Your Say online engagement portal. Consultation is open until 18 March 2016.
The Caulfield to Dandenong package will create more than 2,000 jobs and be delivered by a consortium including CPB Contractors and Lend Lease. Construction will begin this year, and be completed in 2018.
We are out talking with local people and are aware of concerns about the proposed designs. We have established a counselling service for people who are under stress and would like to talk with a professional counsellor. The counselling number is 1300 361 008. For general enquiries or to speak with a member of the project team, phone 1800 762 667.
Learn more about each of the level crossing sites: