The Level Crossing Removal Project: Caulfield to Dandenong is removing nine level crossings and rebuilding five stations on the Cranbourne Pakenham train line. The project will reduce congestion on the local road and rail network, and deliver a safer and more reliable train service, contributing to a 42 per cent increase in capacity.
The Level Crossing Removal Project: Caulfield to Dandenong will provide a 17 kilometre shared path for commuter and recreational cyclists and pedestrians. Over 12 kilometres of shared path will be built, joining existing paths to create a continuous route from Caulfield to the EastLink trail.
The path will link with other cycle and walking paths and connect new community spaces and transport interchanges along the rail corridor. It will make it easier to get to important medical, shopping, work and university destinations.
As most of the path will be off-road, it will be much safer for commuter and recreational cyclists and pedestrians.
Where will the shared path go?
The continuous shared path will extend from the Monash University Caulfield Campus to the EastLink Trail beyond Yarraman Station.
It will provide access to important destinations along the rail corridor such as the Monash Medical Centre, the Monash University campuses in Caulfield and Clayton, Chadstone Shopping Centre and the industrial estates in Clayton and Dandenong South.
The path will connect with the EastLink Trail around Yarraman Station and the Outer Circle Trail at Hughesdale Station, joining it to the broader cycling and walking network.
The continuous route will also link with transport interchanges such as Murrumbeena Station to improve connections across different types of transport.
It will provide safe, off-road connections for commuters and recreational cyclists between the seven new community open spaces created in locations determined through community consultation and the design process.
What facilities will be available for cyclists?
As part of the project, five new stations will be constructed at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park. These will offer secure bike-parking facilities and easily accessed bike-parking rails.
What happens next?
The Victorian Government has released the proposed design for the project. Consultation has commenced on the proposed design and will conclude in early 2016.
Feedback from the community will be used to enhance the design and inform decision-making by government. Outcomes from the consultation will be shared with the community and the contractors who are delivering the project. The Level Crossing Removal Authority will continue to incorporate feedback from the community to refine the proposed design.