Background and objectives

The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) is removing 50 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne. The Caulfield to Dandenong package of works will remove nine level crossings along the Caulfield to Pakenham rail corridor and will also rebuild stations at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Clayton Hughesdale and Noble Park and upgrade power and signaling. 

The plans for the Caulfield to Dandenong corridor involve the construction of sections of elevated rail line, with the areas beneath and adjacent to the train line opening up for other land use (such as gardens, parks, running tracks and other community facilities). 

LXRA has been conducting a range of community consultation activities, including direct 1:1 meetings with residents along the corridor and a series of consultation sessions for local residents to attend and put forward their views about the proposed development. This study will contribute to this consultation exercise being conducted by LXRA.

Objectives

A key objective of the broader stakeholder engagement activities conducted by LXRA is 'to allow the greatest number of community members and stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback about the level Crossing Removal Project: Caulfield to Dandenong'. The purpose of this research is to gather an independent, representative picture of the broader community sentiment towards the nine level crossing removals, considering the proposed elevated rail designs. The research will feed into the project's broader consultation exercise and be considered in the planning submission. 
The overarching aim of the research is:

To assess community sentiment towards the proposed Caulfield to Dandenong elevated train line project that will result in the removal of nine level crossings.

The research was required to include three audiences: 

  • Traders in the vicinity of the proposed elevated train line 
  • Commuters who use the Pakenham train line 
  • The general public in the Caulfield to Dandenong corridor

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